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Horse Breed: Finnhorse - image via Suomen Hippos - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Finnhorse

Name of breed: Finnhorse, or Finnish Horse (Finnish: suomenhevonen, which literally means ‘horse of Finland’) Country of origin: Finland Breed origin: Finland’s official breed, the Finnhorse has been a fixture in its native country for many centuries. However, it has only been ‘official’ since 1907, when the studbook was established and pure breeding became the […]

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Stay Wild and Free: Selina and Vispo - Globetrotting horse riding holidays - image via @selina_and_vispo

Stay Wild and Free: Selina and Vispo

Selina Micòl Wendt is an equestrian based in Liguria, Italy, whose Instagram account @selina_and_vispo celebrates the unique joy and freedom of riding in nature. ‘Stay wild and free’ is her motto, and we say AMEN to that! Selina kindly took the time to give us some insight into her life with horses – and more […]

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Horse Breed: Retuerta - image via Juan Carlos Muños Robredo/Rewilding Europe - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Retuerta

Name of breed: Retuerta (Spanish: Caballo de las Retuertas) Country of origin: Spain Breed origin: The Retuerta horse is named after the ‘retuertas’, flooded, sandy areas where animals come to drink in what is now Doñana National Park. This region of Spain is the homeland of the Retuerta, but it is believed to have roamed […]

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Soma Nomaoi

In the Soma district of Fukushima Prefecture, a famous horse breeding region in Japan, a festival called Soma Nomaoi has been celebrated since ancient times. It’s said to have originated in the early 10th century as a series of military exercises undertaken by the samurai of the Soma Clan. Even today, the role of ‘Supreme […]

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23 Incredibly Creative Horse Jumps

So we’ve been trawling the interwebs lately and working on our aesthetic equestrian Pinterest boards, and we couldn’t help noticing how many ridiculously creative horse jumps are out there! Seriously – from mythical creatures to Western saloons, it’s crazy what the cross country course creators (and DIY enthusiasts!) have been up to lately. Here are […]

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Horse Breed: Estonian Native Horse - image via Voore Tallid - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Estonian Native Horse

Name of breed: Estonian Native horse, also called the Estonian horse or the Estonian Klepper Country of origin: Estonia Breed origin: There are no prizes for guessing that the Estonian Native horse is a breed native to Estonia! In fact, its ancestors are believed to have lived in this part of Europe for at least […]

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Horse Breed: Budyonny

Name of breed: Budyonny, or Budenny Country of origin: Russia Breed origin: The Budyonny is named after Marshall Semyon Budyonny, a famous Bolshevik cavalry commander who was responsible for developing the breed in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. World War I and the Russian Civil War left Russia’s stocks of cavalry horses severely depleted, […]

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Jean-François Pignon, Horseman Extraordinaire - image via Horse and Hound - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Jean-François Pignon, Horseman Extraordinaire

 Jean-François Pignon is a famous horseman, often called a horse whisperer, whose liberty training and performances have made him a household name among European equestrians. We wanted to share the above video with you all, globetrotters, because it reminded us exactly why we love these animals so very much – and why there really […]

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Horse Breed: Bavarian Warmblood - image via Reitverein St. Andreas - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Bavarian Warmblood

Name of breed: Bavarian Warmblood, or Bayerisches Warmblut Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Bavarian Warmblood developed from an ancient Bavarian breed called the Rottaler. The best Rottalers were calm, substantial, all-purpose horses used for everything from carriage driving to plowing to riding. A registry for Rottalers was founded in 1907, but when the […]

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The IATA Coronavirus Travel Regulations Map

Here at Globetrotting HQ, we’ve had our eyes peeled for the very best resources we can arm you with as you prepare to travel in the aftermath of COVID-19. There is certainly plenty of information out there – to the point that it can actually be very difficult to pinpoint the info you’re looking for. […]

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Horse Breed: Falabella Miniature Horse - photo by Corinne Eisele - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Falabella

Name of breed: Falabella Miniature Horse, or simply Falabella Country of origin: Argentina Breed origin: The ancestors of the Falabella are believed to have been brought to Latin America by the Spaniards, eventually forming large wild herds that roamed the vast pampas and in turn gave rise to various breeds including the Criollo. Shaped by natural […]

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Virtual Windsor – The Royal Windsor Goes Online

The Royal Windsor Horse Show was scheduled to take over the grounds of Windsor Castle from the 13th to the 17th of May, but due to COVID-19, it had to be cancelled. It’s a familiar story to equestrians all over the globe, with competitions and shows cancelled across all disciplines and horses and riders left […]

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Horse Breed: Spiti - photo via India Mike - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Spiti

Name of breed: Spiti, also called Chamurti Country of origin: India Breed origin: Where the Himalayan mountains meet the vast Tibetan Plateau, there is a small, hardy native horse called the Spiti. Named after the Spiti River, this breed is incredibly well-adapted to high altitudes. For centuries, Spiti horses were used to transport goods between […]

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Feedback on the River Valley Ride, North Island, New Zealand - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Feedback on The River Valley Ride

Well, the first season of The River Valley Ride is done and dusted! Over three departures, 24 very lucky guests have experienced the thrills of this epic ride in New Zealand’s North Island – and while all of the feedback we received made us glow with pride, Helen Down’s feedback was the icing on the […]

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Horse Breed: Danish Warmblood - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Danish Warmblood

Name of breed: Danish Warmblood Country of origin: Denmark Breed origin: The Danish Warmblood was dreamed up by breeders in Denmark to fill a gap in the nation’s horse breeding efforts. Denmark had two fantastic driving breeds, the Frederiksborg and the Knabstrupper, but no purpose-bred riding horse. So in 1962, the Danish Warmblood association and […]

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18 of the Best Horse Travel Books - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

18 of the Best Horse Travel Books

2020 is shaping up to be the unofficial Year of the Armchair Traveller, so with that in mind, we asked our globetrotters for their recommendations on horse travel books to help tide us over until we can get back in the saddle on another horse riding holiday. The following true stories all come highly recommended, […]

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Horse breed: Knabstrupper - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Knabstrupper

Name of breed: Knabstrupper, or Knabstrup Country of origin: Denmark Breed origin: The Knabstrupper is believed to trace back to the prehistoric spotted horses that were native to what is now Spain. Cave paintings of horses with spots akin to the leopard patterning seen in many Knabstruppers have been discovered in these regions. However, the […]

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Working from Home Globetrotting Style!

For all of us here at Globetrotting, working from home is nothing new – it’s how we roll. But that’s not to say that coronavirus hasn’t changed a few things! Check out how we’re #workingfromhome and {in some cases literally} riding out COVID-19. Kate: ‘This is me – working from home! Quite often I have […]

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Horse Breed: Pottok - image via EPOFE - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Pottok

Name of breed: Pottok, or Pottoka. Also known as the Basque Pony. Country of origin: The Basque Country in France and Spain Breed origin: The Pottok is native to the Basque Country in France and Spain and is one of the most ancient horse breeds in Europe, although its origins are the subject of much speculation. […]

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In memory of our war heroes

With ANZAC Day today, April 25, I wanted to dedicate a post to two true blue Australian War Horse heroes from WWI. Staggeringly, in the First World War, 136,000 horses were sent overseas for use by Australian, British and Indian forces. To me, that number of horses is absolutely inconceivable. Tragically, only ONE horse from […]

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COVID-19 Information for Globetrotting Destinations

With the COVID-19 situation evolving more or less on a daily basis and so much variation in the accompanying rules and restrictions, we decided to create this article as a resource for those of you who are considering (or have booked) a Globetrotting ride in the future. Here you’ll find all the relevant information and […]

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