Horse Breed: Yakutian - image via Yakutia Today - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Yakutian

Name of breed: Yakutian, or Yakut Country of origin: Siberia, Russia Breed origin: In the 13th century, Genghis Khan’s army forced the Yakut people to flee Mongolia. They took their horses and headed north to the frozen wilderness of Siberia, where they relied on their tough steeds for survival. But what is remarkable is what […]

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Horse Breed: Freiberger - image via Freiberger Pferde - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Freiberger

Name of breed: Freiberger, or Franches-Montagnes Country of origin: Switzerland Breed origin: The Freiberger breed originates from the hilly Jura region of northwestern Switzerland. Depending on who you ask, it is either a heavy warmblood or a light coldblood, but its origins are decidedly heavy. In the 19th century, the native Jura horse was crossed […]

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The Glenorchy Back Country Ride in Pictures

Apologies in advance if the loading time for this post is a little bit crazy, globetrotters, but when you’re given a treasure chest full of phenomenal photos from the Glenorchy Back Country Ride, choosing a handful to share is just about impossible! Genelle Bevan is a globetrotter and photographer extraordinaire. That’s her riding the beautiful […]

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Horse Breed: Oldenburg - image via Phelps/Oldenburg Horse Breeders' Society - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Oldenburg

Name of breed: Oldenburg (also known as Oldenburger) Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Oldenburg is a warmblood breed that can be traced back to the 17th century in the German provinces of Oldenburg and East Friesland. Count Johan XVI of Oldenburg took a keen interest in horse breeding, producing fine war horses to […]

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Heels Down, Fists Up: Bri Noble and Black Lives Matter - photo by Noah Berger - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Heels Down, Fists Up: Bri Noble & Black Lives Matter

It’s become an iconic image in the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement: Bri Noble astride her Appaloosa, Dapper Dan, leading a protest with her fist high in the air after the murder of George Floyd. With Dapper Dan standing 17 hands high, Bri was literally someone to look up to at the Oakland protest and […]

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Horse Breed: South German Coldblood

Name of breed: South German Coldblood (German: Süddeutsches Kaltblut) Country of origin: Bavaria, Germany Breed origin: The South German Coldblood is a descendant of Austrian Noriker horses that were introduced to Bavaria, in southern Germany, in the 1800s. The Noriker is a fine draught horse, but breeders in Upper Bavaria wanted to create a different, […]

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The Gaucho Derby - Q&A with our Guide, Jakob von Plessen - photo by Richard Dunwoody - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

The Gaucho Derby: Q&A with our Guide, Jakob

For globetrotters who have ridden The Patagonia Trail in Argentina or our safari ride in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, it’s common knowledge that guide Jakob von Plessen is a force of nature – a human whirlwind of charisma and courage with a penchant for sniffing out adventure. So it will come as no surprise to hear […]

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Feedback on the Sumba Ride

Jenny Bright is one of a handful of globetrotters who have been lucky enough to visit the island of Sumba, Indonesia for the Pasola Festival and enjoy the many delights of this slice of paradise. Afterwards, she shared such brilliant feedback with us that we HAD to share it with you! Check it out below. […]

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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

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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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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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: 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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