Choosing a horse riding holiday : How can I correctly rate my horse-riding level ?

Horse riding holidays are always exhilarating adventures. However, it is essential to ensure that you are paired with the appropriate level of challenge for a safe and enjoyable experience. At Nomad Riders, we understand and emphasize on the importance of finding the perfect ride for each rider. 

While our goal is to offer journeys tailored to accomodate all riding levels, and offer horse riding holidays for beginners, certain rides demand a strong background in horse riding. 

When completing a form to inquire about a ride, we have outlined four distinct riding levels to assist you in confidently choose the journey that aligns with your skills and preferences.

  1. « First-time in the saddle » : You have never ridden before but eager to learn discover the joys of horse-riding in the open country.
  1. «  Beginner Rider » : You had a few horse-riding lessons or experiences and are reasonably confident riding a horse at a walk, a rising trot, and are in the process of learning to canter.
  1. «  Intermediate Rider » : You feel confident, secure and balanced on a horse at all paces – walk, trot, canter – in open country. You are capable of posting or sitting the trot, maintaining an independent seat while cantering and comfortable with mounting and dismounting without help. Additionally, you are familiar with using aids to communicate with your horse.
  1. « Advanced Rider » : You are a frequent and fit rider, comfortable in the saddle for at least six hours per day. You are confident about riding at a fast pace and handling a forward-moving horse with an independent seat and soft hands, while being able to navigate through rough terrains.

If you find yourself uncertain about your horse-riding experience, we are here to help and assist you. Please feel free to contact us via our Contact form, email, or WhatsApp, and we will be more than happy to guide you.

At Nomad Riders, our mission is to accommodate riders with diverse horse-riding backgrounds and offer the opportunity to anyone – from beginners to advanced riders – to enjoy the unique experience of horse riding vacations and traveling on horseback.

If you are looking for a « first-time in the saddle » experience, we recommend exploring The Imperial Heritage Forest Ride or Versailles & Its gardens on horseback – both tailored to suit both novices and experienced riders.

Horse riding in Versailles

Horse-riding in Versailles

The perfect horse riding holiday for beginners is undoubtedly The Imperial Week-end Getaway, where you will get to ride 1 or 2 times depending on your preferences, with gentle and calm horses, accompanied by a professional horse-riding guide and instructor in the forest of Fontainebleau.

Another sumptuous horse riding vacation for beginners AND experienced riders is the Loire Valley Castles on Horseback. As this journey can be tailor-made, you will get too choose how much time you spend in the saddle, riding with gentle trekking horses in easy terrains – and gorgeous views of the Châteaux de La Loire.

Horse riding in the Loire Valley

Horse-riding in the Loire Valley

If you are seeking a more challenging and exhilarating ride, consider options such as  The Royal Marwar Safari in Rajasthan, India; The Tölt, Glacier, and Well-being in Iceland; or Venice & The Dolomites on Horseback in Italy.

Horse riding in the Dolomites

Horse-riding in the Dolomites

If you are a beginner seeking for a gentle introduction to horse riding holidays, we propose offer the possibility to create customized rides based on your desires, preferences, and budget. Crafting you an itinerary suited to your expectations is a way to ensure you a unique travel experience; one that truly resembles you.

For any inquiries regarding the selection of your horse riding vacation, do not hesitate to reach out. We are committed to clarifying any uncertainties and ensuring you possess all the requisite information for a secure and delightful horse riding holiday.

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* If you are alone and wish to join a group ride, please mention "Solo Rider"
What is your horse riding level ?
You can let us know about any inquiry you have on Nomad Riders or the rides we propose. If you selected the Tailor-Made Journey, kindly indicate your desired destination and any specific preferences or requirements you may have for us to craft the perfect ride for you.