Craig's Hut & High Country Ride, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Feedback on the Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride

That there is the smile of a man who just completed his first ever horse riding holiday – a ride he’d been dreaming about since he was a kid – with just THREE HOURS of riding experience under his belt! Needless to say, Scott Wilson is our new Globetrotting idol. Having dreamed of riding through […]

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Horse Breed: Mérens - image via Tony Stromberg - teNeues - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Mérens

Name of breed: Mérens, also known as the Ariégeois pony. Country of origin: Southern France (the Pyrenees and Ariégeois mountains) and Northern Spain (near Andorra) Breed origin: The Mérens horse is thought to have emerged in prehistoric times, although the early history of the breed remains a mystery. It could have come from the Iberian […]

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Glenorchy Back Country Ride, New Zealand - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Feedback on the Glenorchy Back Country Ride

Grace Pitts recently completed the famous Glenorchy Back Country Ride in New Zealand’s South Island and her feedback tells us that this ride more than lives up to the hype! Read what she had to say below – but be warned, you might not be able to resist booking yourself a spot for the upcoming […]

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Horse Breed: Gypsy Cob - image via Mark J. Barrett - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Gypsy Horse

Name of breed: Gypsy Horse (also called the Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Vanner, Irish Cob, Romany Tinker and Traditional Cob) Origin: Great Britain and Ireland Breed origin: The Gypsy Horse was originally bred by Irish Travellers and Great Britain’s Romani Travellers to pull the wagons in which they lived and travelled. These wagons, often known as […]

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Together We Ride

We’re slowly finding our new normal in this sea of uncertainty. There are moments when I disentangle myself from my inbox, switch off my mobile, and seek solidarity in nature; it’s like air for me at the moment. I feel like I’m holding my breath during the day, suffocated with fear, sadness and unknowing. Like […]

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Horse breed: Colorado Ranger

Name of breed: Colorado Ranger, or Rangerbred Country of origin: United States of America Breed origin: The Colorado Ranger is named for its homeland, the Colorado High Plains in the USA. The breed’s story begins in 1878, when General U.S. Grant visited Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey. As a token of their friendship, the Sultan […]

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Eight Horse Films You Can Watch Online - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Eight Horse Documentaries You Can Watch Online

With many of us getting ready to spend a lot more time at home, we thought it would be timely to share some videos that will satisfy your horse cravings and make this somewhat mandatory ‘couch time’ a little more enjoyable! So here are eight beautiful documentaries that you can watch for free on YouTube: […]

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Horse Breed: Akhal-Teke - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Akhal-Teke

Name of breed: Akhal-Teke Country of origin: Turkmenistan Breed origin: One of the oldest living breeds of horse, the precise ancestry of the Akhal-Teke is difficult to trace. The breed is very similar to, and possibly the direct descendant of an ancient horse known as the Turkoman, or Nisaean, horse. This horse was one of […]

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Litang Horse Racing Festival, Sichuan Province, China - photo by Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Litang Horse Racing Festival

For the Tibetan people, horses are a significant part of their daily lives and culture. Multiple breeds (including the Tibetan pony and the Riwoche) have been developed to suit the various needs of the people, including food, riding, racing and load-bearing. For the Khampas, a nomadic group of Tibetans who still live more or less […]

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How to Avoid International Fees when Travelling Overseas - Globetrotting horse riding holidays - image via shayne_ch13 - Freepik.com

How to Avoid International Transaction Fees

Arguably, the two most irritating aspects of using a credit card overseas are ATM withdrawal fees (seriously, I only need €20 and you want to charge me €3 to access it?!) and checking your card statement to find a series of international transaction fees underlining every purchase. I end up looking about as cheerful as […]

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Horse Breed: Kazakh - photo via Tribes.World - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Kazakh

Name of breed: Kazakh Horse Country of origin: Kazakhstan Breed origin: The Kazakh horse dates back at least as far as the 5th century, when it already had a large population. Its ancestors were wild horses of the steppe, but the breed was later refined and selectively bred by the Kazakh people, who primarily live […]

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Coronavirus: Travelling Safely During the Outbreak

  We wanted to address the elephant in the room: coronavirus (COVID-19).If you’re booked on a Globetrotting ride within the next six months, you need to know ALL your options before making an informed decision regarding your travel plans. As of now (March 17th), we, our ride partners and our globetrotters are adapting on an […]

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Feedback on The Patagonia Trail, Argentina - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Feedback on The Patagonia Trail, Argentina

In December 2019, we (Kate and Laura) were honoured to guide The Patagonia Trail along with our Argentinean guide, Jakob, and his amazing team of gauchos. With us came a select group of beautiful globetrotters, among them Kate Gordon. This incredible Aussie woman is a mother, wife and horse breeder, to name just a few […]

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Horse Breed: Aegidienberger - photo by Gaedingar Group - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Aegidienberger

Name of breed: Aegidienberger Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Aegidienberger was developed in Germany by crossing the elegant Peruvian Paso with the the hardy Icelandic Horse. The first Aegidienberger was bred in the 1980s by a man named Walter Feldmann and his son, Walter Junior. The aim was to breed ‘a natural tölting […]

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Horse Breed: Florida Cracker - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Florida Cracker

Name of breed: Florida Cracker Country of origin: United States of America. Breed origin: The Florida Cracker’s ancestors were the horses brought to Florida by the Spanish in the 16th century. These Iberian horses were the foundation of many North and South American breeds, so the Florida Cracker is closely related to the Paso Fino, […]

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Planning for Bushfires with Horses - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Planning for Bushfires with Horses

As I write this, Australia is burning. The fires have already seared seven times the land that burnt during last year’s Amazon rainforest fires, and over a billion animals are estimated to have been killed. On our property in the hills above the Sunshine Coast, we have horses, ponies, dogs, guinea pigs and children. It’s […]

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Horse Breed: Nez Perce - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Nez Perce

Name of breed: Nez Perce Country of origin: United States of America Breed origin: The story of this breed is almost as old as the Nez Perce people, or the Nimiipu, as they are sometimes called. This tribe lived on the rich grasslands of the Palouse in North America and were known as the best […]

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Australia is on Fire: we need your help

It’s a very sombre start to the New Year here in Australia. It’s hard to have that twinkle of hope and fizz of excitement that a new decade brings when parts of our country are burning. Tears are constantly slipping down my face. The more I read, the more photos I see. I sit here […]

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Horse Breed: Marismeño - photo by David Rengel - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Marismeño

Name of breed: Marismeño Country of origin: Spain Breed origin: The Marismeño is an endangered breed, and one of the oldest in Europe. It is native to the marshlands of the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia, Spain. Current populations exist mostly within the Doñana National Park, a 543 km2 nature reserve of marshes, sand dunes and shallow […]

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Mari Lwyd painting by Rhŷn Williams - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Mari Lwyd, the Scary Welsh Christmas Horse

Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds – no, weirder, actually. The Welsh Christmas-time tradition of Mari Lwyd involves a hobby horse made by mounting a horse’s skull on a stick, with a white sheet decorated with ribbons and bells concealing the man beneath, who animates the horse. The Mari Lwyd, the white mare, is […]

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Horse Breed: Selle Français - Haras de Hus - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Selle Français

Name of breed: Selle Français, also known as the Cheval de Selle Français Country of origin: France Breed origin: Like most warmblood horse breeds, the Selle Français was developed with a mixture of different and diverse breeds. In the 19th century, Norman breeders imported Thoroughbreds and Norfolk Trotters, crossing them with their native stock. These […]

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