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2 Days Mountain Tour Horse Riding Holiday in Harghita Bath, Romania
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Harghita, Centru, Romania

Scenic Horse Riding Holiday Romania

Prepare for a journey of a lifetime! Leave your mundane life behind to enjoy the vast wilderness areas of Harghita County, a place that offers you a marvelous horse riding holiday with a very special atmosphere, wide sweeping views to the horizon, crystal clear rivers, and endless mountain plains. You will be able to enjoy these panoramic views while riding a horse. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and feel the freedom of being in the open air!

Key information

  • Horse Breed: Icelandic horse

Highlights

  • 2-day mountain tour
  • Approximate daily mileage: 35 kilometers
  • Enjoy the vast wilderness of Harghita mountains
  • Ride up the high mountains of Madarasi Harghita
  • Explore the forest of Harghita on a horse
  • Dinners and non-alcoholic beverages
  • 1 night's accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at a hotel in Harghita, Romania.

Program

The tour starts at Ivó Icelandic Horse riding ranch at 08:00. On the first day, you will start riding up in the high mountains to Madarasi Harghita, where you will take the first stop for dinner in a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will ride in the forest to Hargita Bath. Here, you will stay at a local hotel where you will have the dinner. On the second day, you will ride back on the same track. The daily rides are around 35 kilometers.

Icelandic horse

The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country, they have few diseases. The Icelandic is a “five-gaited” breed known for its sure-footedness and ability to cross rough terrain. As well as the typical gaits of walk, trot, and canter / gallop, the breed is noted for its ability to perform two additional gaits.

Although most horse experts consider the canter and gallop to be separate gaits on the basis of a small variation in the footfall pattern, Icelandic breed registries consider the canter and gallop one gait. Hence, the term is “five-gaited”. The first additional gait is a four-beat lateral ambling gait known as the tölt. This is known for its explosive acceleration and speed. It is also comfortable and ground-covering. There is considerable variation in style within the gait and thus, the tölt is variously compared to similar lateral gaits such as the rack of the Saddlebred, the largo of the Paso Fino, or the running walk of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Like all lateral ambling gaits, the footfall pattern is the same as the walk (left hind, left front, right hind, and right front), but it differs from the walk in that it can be performed at a range of speeds from the speed of a typical fast walk up to the speed of a normal canter. Some Icelandic horses prefer to tölt while others prefer to trot - correct training can improve weak gaits but the tölt is a natural gait present from birth. The breed also performs a pace called a skeið, flugskeið, or “flying pace”. It is used in pacing races and is fast and smooth with some horses able to reach up to 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour). Not all Icelandic horses can perform this gait.

Animals that perform both the tölt and the flying pace in addition to the traditional gaits are considered the best of the breed. The flying pace is a two-beat lateral gait with a moment of suspension between footfalls. Each side has both feet land almost simultaneously (left hind and left front, suspension, as well as right hind and right front). It is meant to be performed by well-trained and balanced horses with skilled riders. In Romania, the Icelandic Horses Riding Ranch in Ivo (Izvoare) was the first ranch who imported these horses from Iceland and Austria. Currently, they have 31 Icelandic horses which have been chosen because of its friendly and calm manner. This breed offers a comfortable and secure ride which makes Icelandics a pleasure to ride for everyone.

Note: All tours are for experienced riders. Personal belongings are transported with a car to the places where you will stay overnight.

Location

This tour will take place around Harghita Bath, Romania. The Harghita Mountains (in Hungarian Hargita, in Romanian Munții Harghita) is a volcanic mountain range of the Căliman-Harghita Mountains in Harghita County of Transylvania, Romania, part of the Inner Eastern Carpathians. The range is about 80 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide, and is the largest andesite mass and the largest volcanic body in the whole of Europe. Its tallest peak is Hargita (Madarasi Hargita, 1801 meters).The Harghita Mountains are an important tourist attraction due to the beautiful landscape, challenging mountaineering routes, and its rich flora and fauna.

Besides its rich flora, the region is known for the large bear, wolf, wild boar, and deer population. The nature intact by human hand, providing these species an ideal place to live. In the small villages, you can pass by ancient churches many of them built in the 12th century, observe the traditional lifestyle of local people, taste traditional cuisine famous for the hand-crafted ingredients.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served dinners. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2-day mountain tour
  • Explore the forest of Harghita on a horse
  • Ride up the high mountains of Madarasi Harghita
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • Dinners
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

What's not included

  • Airport transfer

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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