Horse Breed: Kabarda - photo by Alexia Khruscheva/Shutterstock.com - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Kabarda

Name of breed: Kabarda, or Kabardin Country of origin: Former USSR (Russia and Georgia) Breed origin: The Kabarda horse has been known for at least 500 years, but its origins are quite possibly as old as the Hittite civilisation, which existed from – wait for it – 1680 to 1178 BC! The mountain tribesmen in […]

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Horse Breed: Arabian - image via Aislinn Brander on Pixabay - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Arabian

Name of breed: Arabian, or Arab Country of origin: This is a much-disputed point! There are arguments to support the breed’s development in northern Syria, southern Turkey, the Piedmont region in northern Italy, the Fertile Crescent running from Iraq to the coast of Egypt, and southwestern Arabia. Breed origin: The prototype for the modern Arabian […]

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Concrete Cowboy - film review by Globetrotting - poster via IMDB.

Concrete Cowboy

 Netflix lovers, there’s a new horse movie for you to check out – ‘Concrete Cowboy’, a moving, true-to-life impression of Philadelphia’s Black urban horse riding community. We first became aware of the existence of ‘urban cowboys’ in America’s cities during the Black Lives Matter protests last year. Alongside Bri Noble and her horse Dapper […]

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Horse Breed: Riwoche

Name of breed: Riwoche Country of origin: Tibet Breed origin: The Riwoche is a small, dun-coloured horse that lives in the Riwoqê County of northeastern Tibet. The breed first came to international attention in 1995, when a group of European explorers led by the French ethnologist Michel Peissel discovered Riwoche horses in an isolated valley […]

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Horse Breed: Rocky Mountain Horse - photo by Abbey Rocky Mountain Horses - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Rocky Mountain Horse

Name of breed: Rocky Mountain Horse Country of origin: United States of America. Breed origin: Despite its name, the Rocky Mountain Horse didn’t develop in the Rocky Mountains, but in the Appalachian Mountains in the state of Kentucky. According to legend, sometime around the late 19th or early 20th century, an anonymous traveller from the […]

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Horse Breed: Marwari - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Marwari

Name of breed: Marwari, or Malani Country of origin: India, specifically the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region Breed origin: Although there is some controversy surrounding the origins of the Marwari breed, its ancestors are generally believed to have been native Indian war horses, Arabians and Turkomans (today’s Akhal-Tekes), possibly with some Mongol influence as well. The […]

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Horse Breed: Norman Cob

Name of breed: Norman Cob Country of origin: France Breed origin: The Norman Cob is named after the French region of Normandy where it was first developed. A light draught horse, it descends from the now-extinct Carrossier Normand, or Norman horse. The Carrossier Normand was a strong, hardy, big-boned horse with fantastic stamina and a […]

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Horse Breed: Lusitano - image via Lusitano World - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Lusitano

Name of breed: Lusitano, also called the Pure Blood Lusitano or Puro Sangue Lusitano (PSL). Country of origin: Portugal Breed origin: The Iberian Peninsula, which now sits within Spain and Portugal, has been populated with horses since 20-30,000 BC. Known as Iberian horses, they were influenced by horses from many other parts of the world as civilisations […]

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Horse Breed: Comtois - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Comtois

Name of breed: Comtois. Country of origin: France. Breed origin: The Comtois breed comes from the Jura Mountains on the French-Swiss border. In the 4th century, the Burgundians of northern Germany introduced a heavy type of horse known as the ‘German Breed’ to the French regions of Jura and Franche-Comte. Here they mixed with oriental […]

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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: 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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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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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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