For nature and horse enthusiasts, horseback riding is another way to explore our territories, but also other countries on other continents. And despite this being a beginner level.
Almost every country in the world can be seen on horseback. From the steps of Mongolia, to the Pampas of Argentina, from the Sahara to the African Savannah, to Europe and of course not to France. To get on horseback, you have to be a rider, that is, you have to control his horse in three ways. This level is very accessible with a little practice. All it takes is a few riding school lessons, a equestrian center, a preparation weekend or refresher training. Here are some tips for better preparation.
Define your equestrian level and choose your hike
On horseback, we are considered Beginner If you never ride, or only very occasionally, on a ride, on a holiday, for example, and if you never take lessons. “For these profiles, we would recommend star formulas for minimal comfort. In the case of fatigue, riders are more likely to stop whenever they wantExplains Phoebe Pardreu, director and co-founder of Caval & Go Agency, which specializes in equestrian tourism. “No.We have the catalog Horseback riding starts at Médoc over the weekend InitiationHorse riding in Andalusia And inside Corsica “
Equestrian Introduction Occasionally on horseback but has already taken some equestrian lessons. On average, he has not climbed for a long time but has mastered the three gates outside.
Equestrian Intermediate Riding and taking fairly regular riding lessons. He is comfortable walking, trotting and running outside. In good physical condition, he can stay in the gene for several hours straight. This is a level at which you need to participate in hikes for several days without difficulty. And there are ways to indulge yourself, such as riding a horse in the Red Sea from this horse-riding pyramid in Mozambique to the sea, lakes and sand tillers, or in this circuit in Egypt.
Finally, the ascent Sure At least the equivalent of Story 4 has a cavalry level and is able to control his horse outside in all situations. He can sign up for a hike at a fast pace with long stages. Nearby are expeditions from Perigord to the Atlantic coast, expeditions between castles and vineyards, or horseback safaris in Tanzania in the footprints of Kilimanjaro.
“Like walking, horseback riding requires good physical condition. There are different types of hikes with different types of difficulties. It is good to find out about the terrain, climatic conditions, altitude, duration of stages and general conditions of travel, such as accommodation conditions. “Phoebe Pardreau says.
How to choose your tail horse
A good Turing horse is far from being a typical “nice Kushi”. He is a versatile, calm and dynamic partner. Horse riders are assigned according to level and equestrian skills. Sure foot athletes, they are usually attentive to their rider, friendly and able to walk for hours on difficult terrain, can sleep tethered, tolerate heat, as well as withstand low temperatures, rain, mosquitoes and other insects. In short, they are hiking fighters. Depending on the destination, it is possible to discover endemic species that have long adapted to the region’s climate and terrain. Many of them still live in semi-independence and herding for the rest of the year. These local mounts offer an exceptional riding experience such as the Mongolian Horse, a small and stocky, stocky horse marens from Marwari or Pyrenees in Rajasthan with head high and curved ears.
Hiking is fraught with freedom, so you need to choose clothes where you feel comfortable. Horseback riding takes longer than a few hours of normal ride, so avoid new equipment. It is better to choose the clothes that you are used to wearing. It would be a shame to start an expedition with blisters and burns. As with hiking, it is important for your clothing to adapt to the climatic conditions: Choose clothing that dries quickly when you leave for several days. On horseback, you need to be able to change fairly quickly, especially in the mountains. Always provide a raincoat, long enough, a cape or a poncho to protect the thighs.
To be comfortable, it’s best to choose pants like riding breeches, Guardian pants or jeans – but without insim. Thick skinny jeans or very thin joggers should be avoided. You also need to think about adjusting your underwear. A thong or boxer shorts can ruin a hike.
Find the right people
For most mountaineering, you can wear light hiking boots or boots with mini-chaps (the kind of garter you wear on your calf). If possible, wear waterproof shoes.
- Our advice:Avoid riding boots that can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, especially if they are made of rubber.
Freedom on horseback must be spread safely. Wearing a riding helmet (or helmet) is essential. It can protect both a fall and a lower branch. Most of the time, it is provided by a horse rental company or trek organizer.
These are essential for protecting hands from abrasions, blisters, sunburn, or friction with insect bites. Choose a non-slip and breathable model so that it does not sweat.
On horseback, you should avoid carrying anything on your back, taking a bad position and risking hurting yourself. Keep as many items as possible in your jacket pocket or saddlebag (font) provided for this purpose, attached to the back of the saddle.
Think about making sure
It is not optional to take out insurance before departure. Credit card insurance used for payments can cover cancellations and refunds, depending on the contract, but you must ask, as horseback riding is considered a risky sport and may not be covered.
As a member of the French Equestrian Federation (FFE), if you live in a club or stable, there are insurance offers such as civil liability and individual rider insurance.
A physical training
“So that our customers enjoy being on horseback from day one, we advise them to spend a day on horseback outside, even if their level is very good, to reactivate certain reflections and to eliminate any kind of fear. “All you have to do is choose your destination,” explains Phoebe Pardrew.