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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?

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  • Meet a Globetrotter: Natalie Allen - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Meet a Globetrotter: Natalie Allen

    Five years ago, after one false start, Natalie Allen fell in love with trail riding and the combination of tranquility and excitement that comes with exploring new places on horseback. She dove into her life as a globetrotter headfirst with the Touch of the Highlands Ride in Iceland, an experience that she says ‘opened up […]

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  • Horse Breed: Menorquín - Illes Balears - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Horse Breed: Menorquín

    Name of breed: Menorquín, or Menorcan Country of origin: Menorca, an island of Spain Breed origin: The Menorquín is an Iberian breed indigenous to the island of Menorca, which lies east of mainland Spain. Like other Iberian breeds such as the Andalusian and the Lusitano, the Menorquín has a strong percentage of Barb blood and […]

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  • Is Your Partner a Non-Rider? Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Is Your Partner a Non-Rider?

    Whether you have family members who don’t ride or you’re planning a trip with a non-riding friend, there are PLENTY of Globetrotting holidays that are just as rewarding for the non-rider as they are for the avid globetrotter. If you don’t believe us, check out this amazing testimonial from Jen and Keith Chiswell! It can […]

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  • Ride Like a Girl - IMDB - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Ride Like a Girl

    In 2015, Michelle Payne became the first female jockey ever to win the coveted Melbourne Cup. Ride Like a Girl is her story.  Far more than a feel-good horsey flick, far more than a rags-to-riches Aussie battler tale, Ride Like a Girl is a story about family, equality, and sheer grit. I saw it with […]

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  • Meet a Globetrotter: Susanna Brown - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Meet a Globetrotter: Susanna Brown

    Susanna Brown completed her first Globetrotting ride, The Grape Horse Adventure, just a few months ago and is now getting ready to head to Tasmania for her next ride, which she booked the moment she arrived home! Not only that, she’s also booked on the Glenorchy Back Country Ride in New Zealand just four months […]

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  • Family Friendly Rides - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Family Friendly Rides

    As a mother to three young globetrotters (Finn, Birdie and Poppy) I’m literally chomping at the bit to bundle up our wanderlust-filled family and take them on their first horse riding holiday. From a young age, our girls have been plonked on my reliable and dependable polo ponies or our two beautiful little ponies, Charlie […]

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  • Horse Breed: Warlander - Irene Hohe / Warlander-Franken - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Horse Breed: Warlander

    Name of breed: Warlander Country of origin: Many! Breed origin: The Warlander was developed by crossing Friesians with purebred Iberian horses – typically Andalusians, but Lusitano and Menorquín bloodlines are also allowed. Although the Warlander wasn’t recognised as a breed until the late 20th century, the crossing of Friesian and Iberian horses has a history […]

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  • Globetrotting's Best Rides for Solo Globetrotters

    Best Rides for Solo Globetrotters

    Believe it or not, the majority of our globetrotters travel solo. And why wouldn’t they? You can pick the travel dates that fit within your holiday schedule rather than co-ordinating with a friend. You can choose a ride based on YOUR budget, time, interests and riding ability. You’ll meet like-minded folk who all share a […]

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  • Globetrotting Guest Horse: Te One - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Globetrotting Guest Horse: Te One

    When we asked Nicola, one of the amazing guides on our epic River Valley Ride in New Zealand, if she would help us profile a guest horse, she knew just the steed for the job! Te One is a Kaimanawa horse and once roamed wild in the Kaimanawa Ranges before he was captured in the […]

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  • Do I need a visa? - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Do I need a Visa?

    **We will try to continually update this post to ensure all the information is accurate and up to date. However, since visa information can change at short notice, we do advise you to confirm the entry/exit requirements with your local embassy prior to your departure.**  Do I need a visa? What type of visa do […]

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  • Roy Rogers' Horse, Trigger - Leo Boudreau / Sunset in the West - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Roy Rogers and Trigger

    Roy Rogers was an American singer and cowboy actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. He appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show, which ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 to 1957. His productions […]

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  • Horse Breed: Vyatka - Pinterest - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Horse Breed: Vyatka

    Name of breed: Vyatka, or Viatka Country of origin: Russia Breed origin: The Vyatka is named after the river of the same name that flows through the region of Kirov Oblast in western Russia. The Vyatka horse was developed in this area, which was once also known as the Vyatka region, between the 14th and […]

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  • Howqua River Ride - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Meet a Globetrotter: Ellenor Nixon

    We knew we had to learn more about Ellenor Nixon when we found out she’d booked her second Globetrotting holiday before even finishing her first! This lifelong horse lover begged and borrowed horses to ride from her early childhood onwards, and has always been a keen traveller – so it’s really no surprise that combining […]

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  • How to Choose the Perfect Horse Riding Holiday - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    How to Choose the Perfect Riding Holiday

    In this day and age, time is precious and holidays are like gold dust. Especially if you only have a couple of weeks a year away from your desk, you want to choose the very best holiday to invest your time and money in. It’s a no-brainer for me: if you love to ride, you’ll […]

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  • Nate Hubbard's Wild Ride - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Nate Hubbard’s Wild Ride

    At California’s Golden Gate Fields in February 1989, when jockey Nate Hubbard was just a 19 year old apprentice, his race aboard a filly called Sweetwater Oak took an unexpected turn just several lengths from the finish line. As the field galloped down the home stretch, Sweetwater Oak came flying up on the outside of […]

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FEATURED HORSE RIDING HOLIDAYS

Australia

4 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $3,995 AUD

The Grape Horse Adventure, Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley, with its temperate South Aussie climate, lends itself to one of the world’s great wine regions – an absolute MUST if you have even the slightest interest in a good drop.

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Scotland

6 NightsStrong Intermediate to AdvancedFrom £2,425 GBP?Tour costs £2,425 GBP which is approximately $4,573 AUD

The Scottish Borders Ride

{CUE} Bagpipe fanfare. Hey Outlander tragics: listen UP! Globetrotting is pleased to present The Scottish Borders Ride, a 7 day, 6 night departure designed exclusively for Globetrotters. You won’t find this ride anywhere else in the WORLD.

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7th May 2020 SOLD OUT!From: £2,425 GBP ?Tour costs £2,425 GBP which is approximately $4,573 AUD
14th May 2020 SOLD OUT!From: £2,425 GBP ?Tour costs £2,425 GBP which is approximately $4,573 AUD
14th Jun 2020 SOLD OUT!From: £2,425 GBP ?Tour costs £2,425 GBP which is approximately $4,573 AUD
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Iceland

6 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom €2,980 EUR?Tour costs €2,980 EUR which is approximately $4,864 AUD

Touch of the Highlands Ride

Believe me when we say, once you’ve tölted under a midnight sun in Iceland there is no turning back. You’ll be transformed. FOREVER.

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6th Jul 2020 12th Jul 2020From: €2,980 EUR ?Tour costs €2,980 EUR which is approximately $4,864 AUD
29th Jul 2020 4th Aug 2020From: €2,980 EUR ?Tour costs €2,980 EUR which is approximately $4,864 AUD

Japan

3-4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom ¥311,000 JPY?Tour costs ¥311,000 JPY which is approximately $4,199 AUD

Kobuchizawa

This ride incorporates the Japanese culture, landscape and cuisine perfectly within the riding itinerary.

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Cherry Blossom Ride

April 20 to 24, 2020

5 days, 4 nights

SOLD OUT!From: ¥313,000 JPY ?Tour costs ¥313,000 JPY which is approximately $4,226 AUD

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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.

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Can non-riders come on your riding holidays?

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 be catered for.

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 globetrotters’ favourite mounts, who are now legendary in status, here.

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 article.

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

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