by Emily Baker
Most of us equestriennes spend every waking moment of free time with our equine companions. One might argue that we spend even more time with them than our human companions! Even when we're afforded the opportunity to "get away" many of us can't imagine doing it without horses in the picture. If you are planning an upcoming adventure, and need it with a dose of horses, there's an array of options for planning an equestrian holiday for you and your loved ones. In this modern age, there are online travel sites dedicated to finding you the perfect destination and excursion with your horsey friends.
Equitours has been arranging riding tours for travelers since 1971. It began as a simple Dude Ranch operation in Wyoming and expanded to a hub of equine travel that has connections worldwide. Equitours boasts a high level of service, because they have personally gone on most if not all of the excursions they offer. In addition, they have consultants who are there to help you through your entire journey until you have safely returned home.
Equitours has destinations on 6 of the 7 continents (excluding Antarctica.) Current featured destinations are the Mozambique Safari, The Highland Trail in Scotland, The Welsh Mountain Trail in Wales, and the Gobbi Steppe trail in Mongolia.
Equitours recommends factoring in many different pieces when considering where you would like to travel. Among these are terrain, weather, climate, and most importantly skill level. Safety is extremely important on equine travel excursions, and some trips should be reserved for more experienced riders. You can speak with a ride consultant for Equitours at 1(800)545-0019 or visit their website here.
Equitrekking is the companion website to the Emmy Winning PBS show of the same namee. This is and was the only TV series ever to inform viewers about equine travel destinations. Like Equitours, every destination offered by Equitrekking has been visited by their staff, albeit possibly not on the TV show.
Currently, the featured destinations on the Equitrekking site are a Sicily Riding vacation in Italy, the Castle Leslie in Ireland, and the Moore Ranch in Kansas. In addition to this, Equitrekking has a monthly featured "bargain" vacation offered at a discounted rate. This month the featured destination is right here in Colorado; Cheley camp is located in Estes Park and offers all the opportunities of a summer camp to adults and kids alike.
The featured and baragain destinations and equitrekking are always updating so be sure to check with them regularly. To book your equine travel excursion now visit the website here.
Similar to our pricey equine hobby, travel can also be extremely expensive. If you'd like to get out of town for a bit, and not have to spend all your money to do so, check out WWOOF- World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. This trip requires a little bit of work from the the traveler in that you are providing a service on a farm in exchange for a place to stay and food on your plate.
Many of the WWOOF destinations offer horse farms to stay and work on as well. By visiting the website you can select a country and peruse a variety of farming opportunities. The website offers you information as to what type of work and animals are on the farm. Simply keep an eye out for "horses" and you've found yourself a free equine trip! All you have to do is pay for the airplane ticket there. WWOOF is also a great and inexpensive way to travel from place to place. If you'd like to see Europe on a budget, plan your trip through WWOOF destinations and work your way around the continent. For more information check out their website here.