Best Horse Riding Minibreaks

The Shoalhaven Ride, Australia , Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland , The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Australia , Dressage in Spain , Yarra Valley Ride, Australia , Kobuchizawa, Japan , The Margaret River Ride, Australia , Hay Triangle, Wales , The River Valley Escape, New Zealand , Sierras Chicas, Argentina ... , The Shoalhaven Ride, Australia , Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland , The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Australia , Dressage in Spain , Yarra Valley Ride, Australia , Kobuchizawa, Japan , The Margaret River Ride, Australia , Hay Triangle, Wales , The River Valley Escape, New Zealand , Sierras Chicas, Argentina

Best horse riding minibreaks - Globetrotting horse riding holidaysHere at Globetrotting, we believe that to get the most out of a horse riding holiday, you NEED to devote at least three days to the experience. Think about it: between getting to the ride base, settling in, and packing up on the last day, any less than three days would seriously cut into your precious riding time. AND you’d just be getting into that blissful holiday mindset by the time you had to depart!

That being said, we know that time is at a premium in this modern world, and ANY opportunity to escape on the back of a horse needs to be grabbed with both hands. So here are some rides that you can squeeze into the smallest of breaks when you just really need to saddle up and go.

The Shoalhaven Ride, Australia
This three day, two night ride (with five day, four night departures also on offer!) combines your host Tiffany‘s three favourite things – horses, fine dining and world-class wine – into one epic horse riding holiday. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Sydney, but it’s worlds away from everyday life. This ride is truly top-shelf, with luxury infused into every aspect of the itinerary. Each day combines rides through magnificent, quintessential Australian scenery with incredible off-the-horse experiences (think wine tastings, classy dining experiences, stargazing and a four-wheel-drive mountain climb!). Tiffany’s horses are purebred Arabians ridden bitless and barefoot, and you’ll develop a strong bond with your steed as you ride across untamed bushland, stately vineyards, picturesque farmland and a drop-dead gorgeous beach. There are only four guests per departure, making it an ideal holiday for families, couples and groups of friends.
Check out the ride video here.

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland
This luxurious getaway set in a drool-worthy Irish estate is available year-round on request, with custom itineraries available to suit every rider’s ability, interests and timeframe. With over 300 jumps to ping over as you fly across 1,000 acres of manicured lawns, forests and fields, it’s a cross country lover’s dream. And the indoor arenas, world class instructors and huge variety of horses mean it’s a heavenly place to ride whether you’re a cross country veteran or a novice rider. Off the horse, you’ll be treated like royalty, with a HUGE variety of non-riding activities on offer (this trip is also perfect for non-riding partners). You’ll be staying at the castle’s Lodge, where the staff wait on your beck and call and the lavish Irish breakfasts and gourmet dinners will have you loosening your belt before you can say Guinness. Three-night stays are available, and if you have a little more time to spare, you can book for up to seven nights.
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Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Australia
Ever wanted to get a taste of life as a stockman? Then you MUST carve out time for the three-day, three-night edition of the Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride! Your host, Andrew McCarthy, cut his teeth running a remote cattle station with around 17,000 head of livestock and now manages his stunningly scenic station in Goomboorian, Queensland. Andrew is lucky enough to have his own private mountain boasting 360-degree views all the way to the sea, and guess what? You’ll be camping at the summit! And when we say camping, we mean you’ll have a tent large enough to swing a cat in, fitted out with stretcher beds, soft linen, towels and a bedside table. Plus, there are hot camp showers! As for the riding, astride your responsive, agile Quarter Horse you’ll savour varied trail rides, learn the basics of cattle work or liberty riding, play mounted games, AND head to Rainbow Beach for an unforgettable ride in the salty waves.
Check out the ride video here.

Dressage in Spain
Dressage, Andalusian horses and the epicentre of Spanish horse culture: what more could you ask for? A customisable schedule, perhaps? Three itineraries to choose from? A magnificent performance by the stallions of The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art? No worries, this ride has all that and more! From your hotel in Carmona, one of the traditional white villages of southern Spain, you’ll head to the equestrian centre each day to mount a highly-attuned Spanish horse for either a dressage lesson, High School training or a trail ride through the picturesque countryside. There’s plenty of time to immerse yourself in your surroundings, too, with countless cultural experiences woven into the itinerary and the history-steeped, vibrant streets of Carmona just begging for exploration of an evening. The equestrian centre is open year-round and the Train and Trail Ride can be anywhere from three to seven nights long.
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Yarra Valley Ride, Australia
Picture this: you wake up in luxurious accommodation, switch your phone to flight mode and hit the saddle for a full day of riding, wining and dining in Victoria’s premiere wine region. That’s the Yarra Valley Ride in a nutshell! This 3 day, 3 night minibreak is ideal for globetrotters who crave time in nature AND have a taste for the finer things in life. One minute you’re sipping vino at a cellar door, the next you’re riding into the wildlife-filled bushland. Every day brings new adventures and dramatic changes of scenery as you explore the forests, mountains, rivers and vineyards of this unique region. The catering is out of this world, and of course there’s plenty of wine to whet your appetite. As for your accommodation, you’ll spend two nights in gorgeous, fancy-pants huts at the base of the valley and one night in a rustic mountain hut. All riding abilities are welcome and custom departure dates are available year-round on request.
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Kobuchizawa, Japan
Whether this ride forms part of your Japanese holiday or you extend a layover in order to experience it, you will be SO glad you did. Leaving the cities far behind, you will discover a whole new side of Japan, and there is no better way to do so than with Tanaka san and his team of naturally trained Arabian endurance horses. While the four-night Cherry Blossom Ride only occurs once each year, custom departures of three or four nights are available on request. The other wonderful thing about this vacation is that there are only two to four guests on each departure, so it’s an intimate experience – very in-keeping with Japanese culture. Tanaka san is the perfect guide, bridging the gap between the tourist experience and real Japan to show you facets of village life that will intrigue and inspire. Kobuchizawa is an equestrian hub, so globetrotters will feel right at home, and the scenery will blow you away no matter what time of year you visit!

The Margaret River Ride, Australia
Without a doubt, this is one of our best-loved Aussie holidays. We were absolutely stoked when Paul and Fiona, the husband and wife team behind this ride, announced that they were introducing three day, three night itineraries to complement their well-established five day rides. It opened up this phenomenal experience to a whole new group of globetrotters and the feedback so far has been outstanding. Expect to immerse yourself in tranquil bushland teeming with wildlife, ride through private properties to a berry farm for a sumptuous afternoon tea, have a crack at playing polocrosse AND ride bareback in the turquoise ocean! Of an evening, you’ll sit back with a glass of Margaret River wine in hand and enjoy the fine company of your hosts and fellow globetrotters. The catering is superb and your ‘glamping’ bell tents are as cosy as can be. Riders of all levels will find their perfect match among the herd of home-bred Australian Stock Horses.
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Hay Triangle, Wales
When we road-tested our rides in Wales, we were taken utterly by surprise by the absolute perfection of this small nation as a riding destination. The scenery evokes a time of dragons, goblins and knights, the people are some of the warmest and most hospitable on the planet, and the horses are absolute superstars. The Hay Triangle is just two nights long, although we recommend arriving at the farm where the ride is based the night before, so you can get straight into the fun stuff on day one! It’s likely to be the most fun you’ll ever have in three days, with plucky Welsh Cobs carrying you across breathtaking landscapes, authentic Welsh culture oozing out of every stone wall and every cheery pub door, and freedom-filled gallops aplenty. If you’re travelling to Europe or the UK for another Globetrotting ride – or for any reason at all, really – this is the perfect way to bookend your trip and squeeze every drop out of your time away.
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The River Valley Escape, New Zealand
The North Island of New Zealand is one of the most beautiful, colourful and enchanting places you could ever hope to ride! Nowhere else on earth can you ride through sacred, private land where Maori culture is still alive and kicking, guided by born-and-bred locals, soaking up views that literally stretch from one side of the island to the other. The shorter counterpart to the eight day River Valley Ride, the three day, three night River Valley Escape is a highlight reel of everything we love about New Zealand. Kiwis and travellers alike will be awestruck by the culture, scenery and hospitality, and the bitless, barefoot horses will open your eyes to a different way of riding. Based at your hosts’ award-winning, family-owned lodge nestled alongside the wild Rangitikei River, each day you’ll explore mind-boggling landscapes of terraced hills, river canyons, bowling green pastures and pristine native forests. Riders of all abilities are welcome.

Sierras Chicas, Argentina
This estancia-based ride is set in Argentina’s majestic Sierras Chicas mountain range, where you’ll witness Argentinian life at its horse-loving, cattle-working, food-obsessed best. Your hosts will do their utmost to make you feel at home on their estancia, and with 6,500 acres to explore – not to mention the neighbouring villages and mountains – you’ll be spoilt for choice every day. The horses range from Criollos to polo ponies to Peruvian Pasos, which have a natural four-beat lateral gait. Swinging your leg over a traditional sheepskin saddle (SO comfy), you’ll watch from between two ears as your gaucho guide reveals the landscapes and traditions of the Sierras Chicas. As well as infinite trail riding possibilities, there’s the chance to try your hand at cattle work, polo and the gaucho game ‘sortja’ – and plenty of off-the-horse activities, too. The estancia is open to guests almost all year, and itineraries start at three nights long.
Check out the ride video here.

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