You feel the horse beneath you dig in and give one last push to crest the hill you’ve been climbing. Your heart skips a beat, maybe two. You can see everything for miles. It makes you feel small and it’s the most beautiful feeling in the world. No time spent on horseback is wasted, but that’s doubly true when you ride in the mountains.
Whether you’re a beginner looking to hit the mountains for a few hours or an experienced rider looking for a fast-paced adventure, Stable Mates has a ride for you!
New Mexico Horse Adventures
“Join us in New Mexico for fabulous riding opportunities, great scenery, year round sunshine, and wonderful food!”
Experience the mountains of the American Southwest as they’re meant to be, on horseback! This is one place where you can really have it all. You can escape from the real world into the remote mountains of the Southwest, ride along the Rio Grande, and catch a glimpse of the wild horses roaming the area.
If you find your appetite for the mountains sated, carriage rides, equine photography workshops, and riding lessons are also offered.
Private and highly customizable rides!
Hour long to overnight rides!
Sicily Horse Riding Volcano Etna Ride
If a regular mountain seems too tame for you, why not try a volcano? Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and sure to add a certain something to mountain riding.
You and your horse will ride through forests, explore lava caves and flows, and take in the spectacular scenery on a truly unique mountain.
Lava fields and caves to explore!
Orpheus Trail in the Rodopi Mountains
Spend eight days exploring the homeland of Orpheus, the legendary mythological singer and poet! As Orpheus could charm every living being, these mountains will charm every rider.
You’ll ride through deep green meadows and thick forests. Agile horses will carry you over varied terrain and allow you to take in all the wonderful mountain views. When you’re not on horseback, you’ll be enjoying delicious food and some of the best that European culture has to offer.
Carol Jones Traditional Gaucho Pack Rides in Patagonia
“Camping out in the mountains, we fell asleep to the sound of the tucu tucus, small burrowing animals hammering away in the ground underneath us. Sitting by the campfire in the valley when the southern full moon slipped over the ridge, Mrs Wangford saw it upside down for the first time. The landscape was spellbinding. No wonder Jarred came here. No wonder Butch Cassidy settled down the road in Cholila. It was the ride of a lifetime,” Hank Wangford says in overwhelming wonderment documented in The Guardian’s article during his visit with Jones.
Get a glimpse of the authentic gaucho lifestyle in Patagonia from the back of a Criollo. This breed, native to South America, has been bred tough to tackle the mountainous land. Let go and enjoy good horses, good food, and let the experience transport you to a different world.
Riding experience required!
Rides from half day to week long!
Horse Riding Jordan: Petra to Wadi Rum
“With a visit to the ancient city of Petra; a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the new 7 wonders of the world, a ride from Petra to the vast and stunningly beautiful desert of Wadi Rum, another UNESCO World Heritage site and a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea; the absolute lowest point on earth, this unique holiday will be the trip of a lifetime!”
Are you up for something a little more intense? This is the ride for you! You get a little bit of everything. Explore the ancient city of Petra, take in the beautiful desert scenery of Wadi Rum, and let the adrenaline flow with fast paced gallops.
This is sure to please and challenge even the most experienced riders.
Riding experience required!
Rides from four to six days!
Dublin Mountains of Ireland
The Dublin Mountains Forest trail is a trip through the rugged forests on top of the Dublin Mountains. The Cnoc na Drianna Forest ride allows for even more spectacular views over Dublin City to the Irish Sea as we walk, trot, and canter along the paths.
High up in the Dublin Mountain you overlook the battle grounds of the Pale, as far north as the Hill of Tara in Meath (where ancient High Kings of Ireland once met) and an ancient Pagan settlement (left untouched and hidden in the forest).
This ride can be easily adapted to suit a range of riding experience and is a good option for riders that want to take plenty of photographs.
The Berber Ride – Morocco
An 8 day trail ride (6 days on horseback): four days in the rugged mountains, plus two days on the beaches between Agadir and Essaouira.
With departure from the region north of Agadir, passing through the hills of the High Atlas, you ride to Essaouira.
On the wet sand on the beach, you will have an opportunity of some fantastic gallops, short but intense; and the arrival in Essaouira will be an unforgettable vision.
6 Days on Horseback!
Mix n match: mountains and beach!
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Article by Jessi Trafton