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GLOBETROTTING IS A TRAVEL AGENCY DEVOTED TO HORSE RIDING HOLIDAYS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL HORSE EXPERIENCES THE WORLD OVER. WE HAVE PERSONALLY TESTED EVERY RIDE WE OFFER, ENABLING US TO MATCH RIDES WITH RIDERS’ ABILITIES AND BUDGETS. YOU WON’T FIND THE SAME RIDING HOLIDAY AT A LOWER PRICE THROUGH ANOTHER AGENCY OR DIRECT WITH THE SUPPLIER: THIS WE SWEAR. BUT IF YOU DO, WE WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE – HOW IS THAT FOR PEACE OF MIND?

STORIES FROM THE SADDLE

  • Why choose a guided Globetrotting horse riding holiday

    Why Choose a Guided Globetrotting Ride?

    We started running guided rides back in 2010, kick-starting things with one of our most popular riding destinations, the Maasai Mara in Kenya. From the success of that first guided ride, we’ve taken groups of globetrotters to Kenya, Uganda, Argentina, Chile, Morocco, and all over Europe – in-between three pregnancies and subsequent children! My love […]

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  • The Sikh – The War Horse That Walked From Russia to England

    There are many remarkable stories of horses who survived the Great War against insurmountable odds, carrying wounded soldiers from the bloody battlefields to the hospital tents day in and day out. Yet no two stories are ever the same and the story of The Sikh can attest to that. The Sikh was a British war […]

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  • Sandy – Australia’s only war horse to return home

    Ten million fighting men died in World War One. But what is less remembered is that at least eight million horses died too, a number that is absolutely inconceivable to me. According to the Australian War Memorial, during WWI Australia sent 136,000 horses overseas to be used by used by the Australian, British and Indian […]

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  • Goomboorian Campdraft Ride

    Saddle Up: Lee Powrie’s Goomboorian Campdraft Ride

    In this edition of Saddle Up, we’re following thoroughly addicted repeat globetrotter Lee Powrie to Queensland, Australia, to go cattle mustering and campdrafting on the Goomboorian Campdraft Ride! Read on to get an inside peek at what it’s really like to experience this amazing horse riding holiday. The adverts were amazing: mustering cattle, campdrafting, (suitable […]

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  • The Day that Winston Churchill saved the War Horses

    Sir Winston Churchill was an animal lover, there’s no doubt about it! When it came to the end of World War One he couldn’t stomach the idea of leaving the trusty steeds of the British cavalry behind, so he intervened and secured the safe return of tens of thousands of warhorses stranded in Europe. During […]

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  • Horse Powers Help War Veterans

    Saratoga WarHorse is a non-profit organisation in New York state, which helps military veterans heal from the devastating emotional effects of Post Traumatic Stress. The emotional healing that begins with the nonverbal, nonjudgmental acceptance of a horse enables veterans to feel safe enough to be themselves, and this is essentially the first step in their […]

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Preparing for your Trip

  • Globetrotting horse riding holiday The Patagonia Trail, Argentina

    Meet a Globetrotter: Shanti McIvor

    Shanti would probably call it fate, but luck was definitely on her side when she decided to book The Patagonia Trail ride in Argentina. Her incredible experience has made her want to join the Globetrotting team and look into offering horse riding adventures in Australia herself. Her passion is evident in her responses below. What […]

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  • Meet a Globetrotter: Susan Wettenhall

    It’s time for you to meet the wonderful Susan Wettenhall, a first-time globetrotter who recently ticked off a very special item on her bucket list… riding in the footsteps of the Man from Snowy River and visiting Craig’s Hut! As Susan describes it, horses are her life, and what better way to enjoy it than […]

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  • Laura Rae Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Meet Laura Rae, Our Globetrotting Expert

    I wanted to introduce you to a kindred spirit that happened to fall into my lap {thanks to our internship} and is now the missing link to our boutique travel business – Globetrotting. Some of you may have already encountered our lovely Laura via email or phone or FB as she beavers away at all […]

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  • Meet a Globetrotter: Bernadette Kelly

    Meet children’s author Bernadette Kelly (pictured above), who has the very popular Riding High and Pony Patch series to her name. When she’s not writing, Bernadette loves nothing more than joining us on our horse riding holidays. Read on to learn more about Bernadette and her Globetrotting addiction! What was your first Globetrotting ride? My […]

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  • Meet a Globetrotter: Donald Dummer

    I think it’s safe to say Donald Dummer is an explorer, an adventurer, and a lover of horse culture. He’s been horse riding in Mongolia not once, but TWICE and each time it keeps getting better. What was your first Globetrotting ride? The Arkhangay horseback trek, Mongolia in July 2012. What made you take the plunge […]

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  • globetrotting client deborah walker

    Meet a Globetrotter: Deb Walker

    Deb Walker began her Globetrotting career with our coveted Maasai Mara ride in Kenya a couple of years ago. Since that fateful trip, alongside her wingman, husband Noel, they’ve notched up some amazing horse riding holidays. Find out first hand why Deb loves exploring the world from the back of a horse. What was your […]

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FEATURED HORSE RIDING HOLIDAYS

Australia

5 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $3,000 AUD

Craig's Hut & High Country Ride

If your life-long dream has been to ride in the footsteps of ‘The Man from Snowy River’, then we’ve got the ride for you.

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26th Nov 2019 5 spots leftFrom: $3,000 AUD
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Ireland

3-7 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom €1,570 EUR?Tour costs €1,570 EUR which is approximately $2,514 AUD

Castle & Estate Ride

Believe me when I say, our Castle & Estate Ride in County Monaghan, Ireland is a fairytale wonderland for ANY equestrian enthusiast.

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18th May 2019 SOLD OUT!From: €1,570 EUR ?Tour costs €1,570 EUR which is approximately $2,514 AUD
12th Aug 2019 4 spots leftFrom: €1,570 EUR ?Tour costs €1,570 EUR which is approximately $2,514 AUD
23rd Sep 2019 3 spots leftFrom: €1,570 EUR ?Tour costs €1,570 EUR which is approximately $2,514 AUD
13th Oct 2019 6 spots leftFrom: €1,570 EUR ?Tour costs €1,570 EUR which is approximately $2,514 AUD

New Zealand

4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $2,800 NZD?Tour costs $2,800 NZD which is approximately $2,712 AUD

Glenorchy Back Country Ride

Globetrotting has the PERFECT, accessible, summertime riding escape in the name of the Glenorchy Back Country ride.

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30th Sep 2019 SOLD OUT!From: $2,800 NZD ?Tour costs $2,800 NZD which is approximately $2,712 AUD
21st Oct 2019 SOLD OUT!From: $2,800 NZD ?Tour costs $2,800 NZD which is approximately $2,712 AUD
4th Nov 2019 SOLD OUT!From: $2,800 NZD ?Tour costs $2,800 NZD which is approximately $2,712 AUD
11th Nov 2019 SOLD OUT!From: $2,800 NZD ?Tour costs $2,800 NZD which is approximately $2,712 AUD
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Spain

7 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom €2,375 EUR?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,803 AUD

Andalusia

Let’s face it – Spain is the epicentre of horse culture and that’s why it excites us so.

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5th Jun 2019 SOLD OUT!From: €2,375 EUR ?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,803 AUD
19th Oct 2019 6 spots leftFrom: €2,375 EUR ?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,803 AUD
28th Dec 2019 6 spots leftFrom: €2,375 EUR ?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,803 AUD

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Stories from the saddle

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ABOUT US
IN A NUTSHELL

I started Globetrotting a bit over a decade ago, thanks to a quarter-life crisis. You see, I had turned 25 and went on a 10-day horse riding safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, where my mind was blown by witnessing the wildebeest migration astride a safari horse. It was THIS crazy, colourful, life-changing experience that led me to step away from my business (Salt magazine), my boyfriend (now husband – thankfully Steven is a very patient man), mortgage and flee to a remote 100,000 acre estancia in Patagonia only accessible via horse.

For the next nine months I jumped from saddle to saddle, driven by an unquenchable thirst to explore horse cultures in South America and Africa. When I finally returned home, Globetrotting took form alongside my business at the time, Salt magazine.

You see, I fell in love with this form of travel – Globetrotting – where the pace is slower and the experience richer.

Rather than travelling in a tour bus (conveyor-belt travel, I like to call it), when you’re astride a horse, you climb under the skin of a country, absorbing every nuance it has to offer.

I knew it was the only way for me to travel, and I was determined to share this passion with other horse folk and I have.

This is a true calling for me.

I get so much satisfaction from sending Globetrotters on their own horse riding holiday, learning of the joy they get from building a bond with their horse and having their eyes widened and hearts filled to overflowing by their experience. It makes me smile inside.

Globetrotters see places, encounter cultures and meet people revealed only to those willing to travel off the beaten track on the back of a horse. They see the world through a horse’s eyes and ears, and discover travel that is slower and more enriching**.

Now more about the rides, we believe the rides featured in our colourful portfolio are the bees’ knees of horse riding safaris globally and each is unique. But they all feature intelligent horses, cultural spice, shifting and challenging landscapes, colourful characters, gobsmacking foreign wildlife and a pinch (ok, sometimes it is a handful) of adrenalin. They are remarkable horse properties run by passionate people who truly understand what horse people look for in a riding holiday.

Please note that we specialise in these countries because we know them inside and out. Because we are still afflicted with wanderlust, the country list continues to grow. While we have formed close relationships with the hosts who offer the horse rides, we also remain independent and will give you honest and impartial advice about which ride will suit you best. Since we don’t run the horse rides ourselves, we’re free to share an unbiased, genuine opinion of each.

We can also book flights, travel insurance that covers horse riding, visas, accommodation and suggest itineraries for before or after your horse riding holiday.

So that’s us. We just love what we do.

And whether a horse riding holiday is on the radar for the end of the year or in a decade, we don’t mind! We hope our website will feed your wanderlust, inspiring you to take the leap and become a Globetrotter.

When that day comes, we will welcome you warmly.

Kate Pilcher
Founder & Guide of Globetrotting

** Warning: highly addictive. Apply at your own risk.

GENERAL BOOKING ENQUIRY

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Can non-riders come on the riding holiday?

Yes, we offer a variety of riding destinations that cater to both riders and non-riders. On each individual ride page we’ll specify whether non-riders can join the ride.

If you’re still unsure, feel free to check in with us, and we’ll confirm whether the ride is suitable for non-riders.

Do I pay extra if I book my horse riding holiday through Globetrotting?

No, you most certainly do not. Globetrotting is a booking agency specialising in horse riding holidays and it is no more expensive to book through us as compared to going directly to the outfitter. In fact, we guarantee that you won’t get your trip cheaper anywhere else. We are so confident of this claim that if you happened to stumble on a unicorn and find the same ride for less, we will refund you the difference. How is that for peace of mind?

Can I bring my own horse?

The answer is no (unless you have the cash flow to fly your horse to Kenya!) The portfolio of rides that Globetrotting recommends to clients involves riding the horses provided by the outfitter. A lot of riders prefer to ride their own horses as they know them inside out, however we can assure you that you’ll be truly satisfied with the type of horse that you’ll ride on each and every ride that we recommend.

Before you arrive the outfitter will have a globetrotting information sheet on your riding ability and the type of horse that you prefer to ride. Horses will be matched according to your ability and there is always the option to swap horses if need be.

Since we personally road-test each and every ride {and thus their string of horses} here is a list of the characteristics and traits that we’re looking for in a guest horse.

Get up, close and personal with some of our Globetrotter’s favourite mounts here who are now legendary in status.

Do I need travel insurance even if I’m travelling domestically?

The short answer – yes. Travel insurance is compulsory on all Globetrotting rides and is a condition of booking with Globetrotting, regardless if you’re travelling within your home country or abroad. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for horse riding as an activity, and medical expenses, including emergency repatriation.

When looking for a travel insurance policy make sure it covers personal liability, loss of luggage and personal effects and most importantly cancellation insurance. This will cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately cancellation insurance will not cover you if you change your mind (unless you take the ‘cancel for any reason’ insurance – which we recommend.)

Your insurance policy including the specific name of your insurance company, policy number and emergency insurance contact number MUST be provided before you start your ride. You’ll be able to upload your travel insurance details within your Globetrotter profile.

For more information on the long and short of travel insurance read this.

Our colleague, Rebecca Dibbs can provide a non-obligation travel insurance quote that specifically covers horse riding.

When completing your online booking form, please indicate if you would like a competitive travel insurance (that specifically covers horse riding) quote provided.