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Trail Horse Riding Holiday South of France

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Come to the South of France and join this great horse holiday experience at our own great estate in Lacrouzette, Tarn area (departement Occitaine). You should be able to confidently walk, trot, and canter/gallop to join this program. All riders are welcome. Detailed explanations and demonstrations on saddling and riding with one hand is given during the introduction on Saturday morning.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack type: Western tack

Meet the instructors

Jacqueline
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Highlights

  • 5 adventure trail ride sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4-5 hours per day
  • 2 to 2.5 hours ride on Saturday afternoon to get to know your horse
  • Free day on Thursday to relax, for riders as well as the horses
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and home cooked dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, German
Group size: 3-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free parking

Oosting-HorseRiding covers an area of 20 hectares. Here, you will find the private house and guest area with restaurant / bar, dining terrace, and stables. All are within walking distance. There are four comfortable double bedrooms, all with shower, toilet, and small sitting area.

After a day ride, you can just relax or make a nice walk on our estate or visit the horses in the meadow. Most evenings, a campfire will probably be burning, creating a great atmosphere for talking over the day's adventures.

Program

This is a really unique opportunity to fully experience of riding ranch horses. Know how to build a strong and trusting relationship with your horse. Also for this program, you will have the same horse for the whole week.

Day 1

You are welcome to arrive at Oosting-HorseRiding from 16:00. You are free to explore the ranch, meet your fellow guests, and settle into your room. In the evening, a delicious three-course home-cooked meal will be served in the restaurant.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will get extensive explanation about the basics of riding with a western saddle and dealing with the horses. Oosting-Horseriding will give a saddling demonstration and there is plenty of opportunities to share your experience and ask questions. You will be partnered with your horse, which you will ride for the entire week, ensuring to build a trusting partnership. After lunch, your first acquaintance with your horse for this week will become a fact and you will go riding, which will last for (minimum) two hours and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will go to the stables and saddle your horse to be ready for the full day trail. An experienced member of the staff will be available at all times if you need some advice or help.

Day 4

Again a full day trail. You will experience and enjoy the beautiful area and will get to know your horse even better.

Day 5:

Rest day for both you and your horse. You can choose to relax at the estate or take a walk in surrounding area. If you have your own car, you may want to visit the small village Lacrouzette, the city Castres or the historical village of Albi.

Day 6

After breakfast, you will be leaving for a full day trail ride again. We are flexible on routes, so just let us surprise you.

Day 7

After breakfast, a full days ride if you are still up to it ;). This evening, you finish this week with a big barbecue, where you can share your many adventures and experiences of this week.

Day 8

After breakfast, we unfortunately have to say 'goodbye'. We hope you have experienced a unique and enjoyable horse riding holiday and Oosting-HorseRiding is sure that you have gained more sense concerning horses and nature. Oosting-HorseRiding would love to welcome you back in the future.

Horses

The horses' well being is Oosting-HorseRiding's central focus as they are the most important one to Oosting-HorseRiding. Grazing together in vast pastures ensures that they are happy and get along well together. The horses are trained for the strength and endurance that is required for rides and ranch work. They are social, listening well, and very reliable. For the last few years, Oosting-HorseRiding also has a small breeding program and the young horses love to be around people, too.

All of the horses have their own character and are hard working horses. They live in freedom, have lots of space, and are in principle outside always unless it is winter and the weather is just too bad. At the ranch, Oosting-HorseRiding has over 24 horses that love to show you the beautiful area. It's also possible to bring your own horse to ride trails on your own.

For more information please inquire.

Instructors

Jacqueline Oosting

Location

Lacrouzette, area Tarn, dept. Occitaine is situated in the beautiful South of France.

This area is known because of it's grand rock formations/stones. In between immense forests, expanses of wild heathland, strange and beautiful rock formations, lakes and flowing streams, you will find Oosting-HorseRiding's estate.

The beautiful Tarn region has a mild to warm climate. This area offers many routes to discover the full beauty of this stunning area. Here, Jacqueline organizes trails to give you a truly authentic riding adventure.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant

Food

Meals, consisting of breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinner, are home cooked and fully taken care of. Vegetarian meals can be arranged. Please indicate at least 2 weeks before arrival.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • Trail rides
  • Experienced guide and staff
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Coffee, tea, water, juice, milk

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Any drinks from the bar (soda or alcoholic beverages)

How to get there

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Driving directions

Put our address (Le Syndic 6, Lacrouzette) in your navigation system and you will find us.

You will be directed onto a small (dead end) road. Just keep on following this road all the way to the end and you will end up on our estate.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse Airport (TLS). Then take the (shuttle)bus or taxi to Toulouse Matabiau train station and the train to Castres. From there we have a transfer to the ranch. Costs for the return transfer are 50 EUR per person.

Please note that latest arrival time at Castres is preferred to be 17:00hrs, so you will be in time for dinner.

Arrival by train

Take an express train to Castres (likely via Paris). Please be properly informed about route and timings as this can vary during the season. In Castres, you can be picked up. Return cost for the transfer is 50 EUR per person.

Please let Oosting-HorseRiding know in time if / when you need a transfer so they can take this into account.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Program is available from April to October with arrivals on Friday.

All rooms are for 2 persons, with 2 single beds and private bathroom. Single bookings will  share a room with someone of the same sex. In the case that a week is not fully booked, Oosting-Horseriding can accommodate a private room for a 1 person booking, asking a supplement of  65 EUR for extra cleaning costs. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

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