The Best Beginner-Friendly Equestrian Vacations

The Best Beginner-Friendly Equestrian Vacations

Are you a beginner rider looking to combine your love for travel with your passion for horses? This blog post is for you! Here, we’ll explore some of the best beginner-friendly equestrian vacations in our ride portfolio. Whether you want to learn how to ride under proper instruction, or simply enjoy beautiful scenery on horseback, there is something to suit everyone. From the picturesque landscapes of Ireland and the beautiful Canadian mountains, to incredible ranch stays in the heart of America, Unicorn’s carefully selected destinations offer a variety of experiences that are suitable for everyone.

Beginner-Friendly Equestrian Vacations
You’re never too young to ride!

Common Concerns

Before we get into details, let’s address some common concerns that beginner riders may have when it comes to planning a horse riding holiday. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many first-time riders are unsure if they have enough experience or skills to fully enjoy an equestrian getaway. However, the beauty of our beginner-friendly equestrian vacations is that they cater to all levels of rider and provide a safe and supportive environment for learning. The experienced instructors will guide you every step of the way and ensure that you feel confident and comfortable on your horse. Plus, the carefully selected horses are well-trained and gentle, making them the perfect partners for riders of any level.

So, what type of equestrian vacation can you expect as a beginner? Let’s dive into some of the amazing options we offer:

Learning to Ride
If wanting to improve your riding skills, or even start from scratch, there are several destinations that offer the ideal beginner programs that cater specifically to those who are new to horseback riding

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Albania is the perfect country for a beginner’s ride

Albania – On the Beginners’ Programme in Albania, riders master the fundamentals of horse riding under the guidance of certified instructors. From grooming and tacking up the horse, to basic riding skills such as balance and control, the new rider learns everything to feel confident in the saddle before venturing along beginner-friendly trails, soaking in Albania’s breathtaking landscapes. Additionally, riders have the opportunity to engage in optional tours and activities, offering a closer look at the rich culture and history of this captivating Eastern European country.

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Practice makes Perfect! – Beginner’s programme in Majorca

Majorca – For a horse riding holiday that combines natural beauty with a dedicated equestrian setting, look no further than the beginners programme on the beautiful island of Majorca. Nestled in the Levante hills is a special finca that was built with horse lovers in mind. The farmhouse provides all the necessary amenities and even boasts an on-site spa. Surrounded by sprawling countryside, the quality of the horses available for excursions is second-to-none. With a mix of easy trail rides and riding lessons, new riders can explore the stunning scenery of Majorca on horseback.

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Learning Natural Horsemanship – Monty Roberts Join-Up Course

Algarve – Experience the beauty and power of horses like never before on the Monty Roberts Join-Up course at a welcoming Western Ranch located in the heart of the stunning Algarve. Led by a certified instructor, each morning you will learn the gentle techniques of communicating and training horses using natural horsemanship. In the afternoons, saddle up and explore the rugged riding country, passing through fragrant macchia trees and shrublands, taking in the breathtaking views of the hills and valleys.

Ireland – An excellent option for a beginner-friendly equestrian vacation is the Instruction in Ireland horse ride. This family-run establishment boasts a wide range of horses to suit every level of rider, and their team of expert instructors provides top-notch tuition to improve riders’ cross-country technique, showjumping skills, and dressage. With 380 acres of scenic farmland to explore, complete with varied jumps to tackle, riders can enjoy a truly immersive experience. The centre has full-size indoor and outdoor schools to perfect techniques and is open to riders of all ages. Those not interested in jumping and dressage can take a leisurely trek around the farm.

Learn How to Play Polo

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Learn to play Polo in Argentina!

For those looking to try something new and exciting, booking a trip to Estancia Los Potreros in Argentina will not disappoint. This exclusive 6,000-acre working cattle farm, passed down through four generations of an Anglo-Argentine family, offers guests the unique opportunity to learn the revered game of polo while experiencing traditional Argentine hospitality. The farm has a rich tradition of polo, extending to both gauchos and guests, while also offering the chance to explore the stunning natural beauty of the region. With a secluded location nestled between the Pampas and the Andes, the Cordoba region provides a perfect backdrop for riders who love the wild and are seeking a thrilling adventure. Catering to riders of all levels – from beginners to experienced – the ranch provides opportunities for groups to ride together or individually, according to preference. Informal coaching is available for those wanting to improve their riding skills.

Best for Scenery
Here are some beginner-friendly equestrian vacation destinations that offer unforgettable scenery and plenty of photo opportunities. These trips are perfect for riders who love to take in breathtaking views while enjoying a relaxing ride.

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Learning the basics in stunning surroundings

Italy:  First up on our list is the magnificent Chianti Castles, Ride and Relax trail in the heart of the stunning Tuscan countryside. This well-established, family-run riding centre provides the perfect base for an unforgettable trip, where guests can immerse themselves in the rich history and culture that surrounds them. Offering two hours of riding each day, guests can choose from either lessons or trails, or a combination of both. In the afternoons, the surrounding area is ripe for discovery, with castles, abbeys, churches, and medieval villages just waiting to be explored. For those seeking a little downtime, the swimming pool and nearby thermal hot pools are close at hand. Add to this authentic local food and a selection of excellent wines for the perfect recipe for relaxation.

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Iceland – An exceptional experience for all levels of rider

Iceland: The  Iceland River Trails offers an exceptional experience for riders. This 2-night tour is designed for those looking to try horse riding in Iceland, while also admiring the breathtaking scenery. On the ride along the banks of Thjórsá, Iceland’s longest glacier-fed river, you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of Hekla; a magnificent volcano mountain. The trail takes riders through moss and grassy farmland, the Icelandic horses natural habitat. This tour is ideal for families with children and for riders seeking a less challenging environment than some of the highland tours.

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Ride in the Netherlands for an unforgettable Dutch experience.


The Netherlands – The Friesian Beach and Forest Ride offers an unforgettable Dutch experience. Travel by train from the port town of Harlingen and take the picturesque coastal ferry to the island of Terschelling. Here, you’ll ride majestic and gentle coal-black Friesian horses. Accommodation is in self-catering apartments near the farm that enjoy a tranquil setting close to nature. Terschelling is famous for its vast nature reserve, with stunning views from the blue ocean and cranberry fields, to the 30km sandy beach along the northern coast. Beginner programmes are also offered.

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The best way to explore a country!

Canada For exciting beginner-friendly equestrian vacations that are perfect for riders looking for breathtaking scenery is the Coast Mountains Ranch Stay in Canada. This working ranch is located in British Columbia’s remote wilderness, providing an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Immerse yourself in exploring the region’s meadows, forests, rivers, and mountains. Daily horseback rides lead through the surrounding countryside, and packed lunches keep riders fuelled-up for the journey. At the end of the day unwind and relax in comfortable twin or double rooms with panoramic views of the stunning landscape. This is a rare opportunity to escape into the Canadian wilderness.

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Special friends

For a more rustic experience, consider staying at an American ranch where you can immerse yourself in cowboy culture and learn the basics of riding. Ranches like Kay El Bar Ranch in Arizona, Judith River Ranch in Montana, and Paradise Ranch in Wyoming welcome complete beginners and offer guided trail rides through picturesque surroundings. This is a great option for those who want an authentic Western experience.

Exploring the world on horseback is an experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. It allows one to connect with nature, learn new skills, and create lifelong memories. At Unicorn Trails, we offer a fantastic selection of beginner-friendly equestrian vacations in incredible destinations all around the world. So, whether you’re looking to learn how to ride with qualified instruction, or go on a gentle trek through picturesque landscapes, speak to one of our consultants for expert and impartial advice on the best option to suit your needs.

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It’s never too young to start dreaming of future trails


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