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Top Horse Riding Weekend Breaks Around the World

by Octavia Drughi

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Longing for an escape from your daily routine? Can’t get away for an entire week? No problem! A short yet intense horse riding break offers all the fun and excitement of a regular holiday.

From epic adventures, such as pack trips and camping in the wilderness, to authentic ranch activities and all the way to professional show jumping classes, there are numerous options for a regular or extended weekend on horseback.

Unleash your adventurous soul or find deep relaxation with our selection of top horse riding weekends for all levels and budgets located all across the globe.

Note: BookHorseRidingHolidays offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

 

2 Days Horse Riding Holiday in Exmoor National Park, England, UK

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  • Skill level: Intermediate & advanced riders
  • Styles: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 240 per person

Ride barefoot horses across Exmoor National Park and discover some of the most beautiful countrysides in the UK. Climb Selworthy Beacon, Dunkery Beacon, Webbers Post, Ley Hill, or Porlock Hill and take in the stunning views across the Bristol Channel all the way to South Wales.

This horse riding weekend includes two half-day rides in Exmoor, with approximately 12 miles of riding per day through moorland and woodland. The terrain can prove quite challenging in some places, which is why this holiday is recommended for confident riders.

Stay at West Lynch Farm, a delightful 15th-century national trust farmhouse within Holnicote Estate in Exmoor National Park, close to the coastal village of Porlock.

All of the farm’s horses are used for riding barefoot, bitless, and treeless. Having spent all their life in Exmoor National Park, they are used to the rough terrain and steep hills.

The package includes a full English breakfast and light lunches. Snacks, coffee, tea, water, and detox juices are also provided. Evening meals are available in Porlock, one mile from the farmhouse.

» READ MORE: The Best Places for a Horse Riding Holiday in the UK

 

2 Days North Coast Horse Riding in Northern Ireland, UK

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Style: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 716 per person

Explore the famous North Coast of Northern Ireland on horseback. In just a couple of days, this short weekend escapade offers everything you could possibly dream of from a horse riding holiday.

Stay at the McKinley family farm in Ballycastle and trot from White Park Bay all the way to the village of Balintoy in County Antrim. Ride along rugged coastlines, across white sand beaches, through verdant countryside and charming forests. There will be five to six hours of riding each day.

The routes overlook the wild Atlantic, with stunning views of Scotland and beyond. Pass by historic castles and quaint fishing villages, enjoying Irish hospitality at its finest.

You’ll be served tea and freshly-baked scones on arrival. Lunch at a local establishment, refreshments, and one picnic are included in the package price.

 

3 Day Horse Riding Holiday in Lanjaron, Granada, Spain

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 355 per person

This adventure-packed weekend will take you horse trekking through the stunning Alpujarra Hills and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Andalusia. Stepped in history, the area is dotted with towns featuring fascinating Gothic and Moorish architecture, as well as numerous delightful almond, olive, and citrus groves.

During your stay, there will be one full day of guided trail riding, suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced. You’ll be paired with a well-schooled horse to suit your abilities. You’ll also benefit from complimentary use of the horse riding equipment to ride as you wish outside the guided trip.

Stay in the spa town of Lanjarón, famous for its mineral water with curative properties. The stables are located at an elevation of 1,200 meters, just above the spa town of Lanjarón.

Two breakfasts, two packed lunches, and two dinners are included in the package.

 

3 Day Ranch Vacation in Benson, Arizona

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Style: Trail riding
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$ 475 per person

Ride in the mountains that were once home to Apache chiefs Geronimo and Cochise. Experience the true Western lifestyle that most only get to see in movies.

Well-trained horses are the heartbeat of this ranch in Cochise County, which offers diverse horse riding programs. Whether it’s your first time in the saddle or you’re already an experienced rider, the team will adapt the program to your individual needs. For beginners, there are many gentle trails near the ranch, while many of the mountain trails will challenge even the most experienced riders.

During your stay, you’ll enjoy three days of horse riding against spectacular scenery, with approximately eight hours of riding per day. You’ll also participate in typical ranch activities, such as roping lessons, target shooting, horseshoe pitching, archery, barrel racing, and team penning (mini cattle drives).

All daily meals are included.

» READ MORE: Top 5 Destinations for a Ranch Vacation in the USA

 

4 Day Exceptional Ranch Vacation in Kettle Falls, Washington

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Style: Trail riding
  • Availability: May till October
  • Price: From US$ 690 per person

Embark on a personalized trail riding adventure in Kettle Falls, an ancient and important salmon fishing site for Native Americans in northeastern Washington state. This long horse riding weekend is customizable, which means that you can choose the daily activities that you’d like to participate in.

You can embark on scenic guided trails through meadows and forests, against breathtaking views of nearby Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia. The trails take anywhere from two to several hours to complete and are chosen based on your level and wishes.

You can participate in an authentic cattle driving session that can last from a half-day to one full day. Please take note that cattle drives usually occur between May and October.

In the evening, you are welcome to join the trap shooting sessions at the ranch. All meals are included, as well as beverages (beer, wine, spirits).

 

3 Days Family Horse Riding Holiday in Lockyer Valley, QLD, Australia

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Style: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From AUD 440 per person

This fully catered and customizable horse riding weekend is just perfect for a family getaway.

Stay at a pet-friendly farm in the heart of Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, at the foot of the Great Dividing Range (Eastern Highlands). Enjoy daily horse riding sessions of your choice.

You can choose from two sample schedules. In the morning, you can take a riding lesson in the round yard and go on a short trail ride, have lunch at the guesthouse, and then have another lesson in the afternoon or a trail ride. The second option is to go trail riding in the morning, have lunch at the guesthouse, and then go on a second trail ride in the afternoon.

All daily meals are included.

» READ MORE: Exploring Australia on Horseback: A Wilderness Adventure of a Lifetime

 

3 Day Horse Riding Vacation in Rila National Park, Bulgaria

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 319 per person

Go on this all-inclusive horse riding weekend in the Rila mountain range and explore the pristine nature of Bulgaria from a different perspective.

There will be two days of riding in Rila National Park, for about four to six hours each day. There is a variety of trails to choose from in the Rila Mountains, the tallest on the Balkan Peninsula, and the guides will pick the ones that are most suitable for your skill level.

You’ll be paired with a horse that fits your needs and visit historic and natural sites, including the hidden gem of Chapel of St. George, perched on a cliff and with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, after the trail ride, you’re welcome to join the fun archery lessons.

The riding center is based on a sunny mountain hill, surrounded by forests, only half an hour from the famous ski resort of Bansko. You’ll wake up to an energy-charging breakfast, with coffee or herbal tea gathered from the surrounding mountain pastures.

All daily meals are included, featuring delicious organic food prepared according to your dietary requests. Most vegetables are homegrown, while the rest of the ingredients are from the local farms. Coffee, tea, water, juices, and alcoholic beverages are also included in the package.

» READ MORE: Different Types of Horse Riding Holidays Explained

 

4 Days Exhilarating Horse Riding Holiday at Galiny Palace, Poland

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Trail riding & show jumping
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 468 per person

Join this personalized long weekend in northeastern Poland, in the heart of the fabulous Masurian Lake District, and choose the type of riding you prefer: flatwork lessons, lunge lessons, jumping, or countryside riding.

You’ll be accommodated in the Galiny Palace, a 16th century Renaissance manor, or in the adjacent 19th-century grange, both part of a large estate of 250 hectares of meadows and forests.

The horses will be matched to your individual needs and you’ll ride in small groups with similar abilities and goals. Visit the astounding historic and nature sites in the vicinity of the estate, such as Wolf's Lair (the military headquarters for Adolf Hitler's eastern front during WW II), Malbork Castle (the largest castle in the world, dating from the 13th-century castle and once belonged to the Teutonic Knights), beautiful kayaking trails, picturesque medieval villages, just to name a few.

There will be two riding sessions per day. However, there’s no need to stick to a specific schedule. The riding time and format can be arranged with the instructor. Please take note that you can participate in maximum two jumping lessons during the weekend.

Energizing breakfasts and delicious dinners featuring local and eco products are included in the package.

 

4 Day Long Weekend with Jumping & Flatwork Training in Fermo, Italy

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  • Skill level: Intermediate & advanced riders
  • Style: Show jumping
  • Availability: August till December
  • Price: From € 995 per person

It is very much possible to cover a lot of ground and improve your show jumping skills over an extended weekend.

Five kilometers from the town center of Fermo and 12 km from the beaches of Porto San Giorgio, a beautifully renovated property welcomes a limited number of guests at a time to offer the highest standard of hospitality, privacy, and quality of service.

Set on a hilltop, in a quiet and secluded location with panoramic views, the property is surrounded by 25 hectares of land with olive trees, a vineyard, and an equestrian center. Enjoy luxury accommodation either at the country house or at the equestrian center.

Italian, English, German, Dutch, and Flemish-speaking instructors offer professional show jumping and flatwork classes. There will be five lessons in total.

Breakfast, evening aperitif, and welcome drinks are included. Half board and full board are available for an additional cost.

 

3 Day Backcountry Horseback Riding in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Point to point trail riding
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From CAD 750 per person

Have a true Canadian cowboy experience in the Saskatchewan outback. Saddle up for a multi-day pack trip through Prince Albert National Park. Set up camp in the wilderness, beside a remote lake in the boreal forest, just like in the olden days. Fall asleep under a canopy of stars after an exciting day chock-full or adventures.

The approximate daily riding time during this trip is five hours. You’ll ride through a patchwork of aspen parkland, boreal forests, and pockets of grasslands. Along the trail, you’ll have the opportunity to see wild bison, deer, elk, moose, lynx, and numerous bird species.

Sleeping bags, cots, air mattresses, and bedrolls are provided, as well as firewood and cookware.

Breakfast and trail lunch on the day of departure and trail lunch and supper on the day of arrival, as well as desserts, are included in the package.

 


Horse riding doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Go on a budget horse riding holiday and ride more with less!

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