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Equestrian Tours in North America

There are an abundance of horseback riding vacation opportunities in the US and Canada from the beaches of Oregon to the blazing fall foliage of Vermont and Quebec.  You can gallop along the beach, herd cattle in the Rockies, take dressage lessons, go on wilderness pack trips or do trail rides in some of the world’s most spectacular places.  Large parts of our country are now densely populated and closed to riding tours by highways, fences, shopping malls and housing developments, but there are still vast expanses where one can ride freely as people used to do a century ago when horses were a prime medium of transportation.

There are a myriad of dude ranches, riding stables and trail rides on offer in the United States, but it is difficult to find riding tours which meet international standards of quality.  Insurance problems in many states make riding very costly and often rights-of-way for horse travel have been lost to fences, shopping malls, highways and housing developments.  Nevertheless, Equitours has been able to find some first class equestrian adventures and huge areas still exist where people can ride in open, unspoiled country as they used to everywhere a century ago.

One excellent place for people to ride at many levels on a wide variety of excellent horses from purebred Arabians to Percherons is the Bitterroot Ranch, the Equitours headquarters for over 40 years.  At the Bitterroot one can take trail rides in small groups divided according to skills so that less experienced riders are not frightened and good riders are not bored by slow, nose to tail rides.  There is an extensive obstacle course where advanced riders can practice their jumping skills, chances to herd cows and pack trips into the Greater Yellowstone Wild Ecosystem are also a possibility.  Certified instructors can help you prepare for the most challenging international rides.

World class dressage instruction on superb Lusitano stallions is available in Massachusetts in the summer and in Florida in the winter.  Guests can take instruction or go on trail rides using well trained Quarterhorses in the Texas Hill Country all year.  The unique trek in the Green Mountains of Vermont on gaited Icelandic horses has been an enjoyable experience for many.  There are also outstanding trips on sure-footed ranch horses along the border of Utah and Arizona which have been particularly popular.  This area is arguably the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the world.

 

Destinations Browsing Riding Vacations In North America

Equitours offers unique opportunities for exploring the most beautiful parts of Arizona and Utah on horseback. Our rides wind back and forth along the border of the two states and cover the highlights of... Read more

This destination is the winter base for the team that runs our dressage program in Massachusetts. If you are searching for top quality dressage instruction, well trained school horses, and the added benefit of... Read more

If you are new to the dressage saddle or still developing a balanced effective seat, this program offers a systematic method to help you improve your seat as well as the effectiveness of your... Read more

Enjoy all Oregon has to offer by horseback, complete with wine tastings and beach riding. During this riding tour in the Pacific Northwest you will stay in comfortable inns starting in the burgeoning wine country of... Read more

The traditions of horseback riding in Texas are centuries old and horses have played a hugely important role in the history of Texas from the time of the conquistadores. The Spaniards had for long... Read more

Equitours’ offering of horseback riding in Utah are blessed with some of the most dramatically beautiful landscape anywhere in the world. John Ford’s famous movies using Monument Valley as a backdrop have caught the... Read more

Riding Icelandics through the lovely countryside of Vermont’s Green Mountains on the Sugarbush Tolt Trek is a very attractive prospect, especially for those who enjoy the smooth tolt of these well trained steeds. These... Read more

Wyoming is one of the largest states in the US and yet it has the smallest population. This leaves vast open spaces unspoiled by development and ideal for riding vacation. Much of the state... Read more

Horseback riding in Canada is a very attractive travel destination for Americans as it is nearby and comparatively inexpensive. Most of the US is so built up with paved roads and fences blocking access... Read more

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History of Horseback Riding in Utah

History of Horseback Riding in Utah

Native Americans in Utah began to acquire horses in the late 17th century as wild horses, escaped from the Spaniards, began to multiply and spread throughout the West. The Indians also traded horses among... Read more

History of Horseback Riding in Arizona

History of Horseback Riding in Arizona

No horses, no cowboys…   The history of horseback riding in Arizona traces back to about a century after the Spanish conquistadors first arrived on American soil in the 16th century. After 1680, when... Read more

The Horse and Native American Culture

The Horse and Native American Culture

The Horse and Native American Culture – Spectacular Flowering and Ignominious Collapse… The acquisition of horses by the plains Indians in the early 18th century transformed the lives of most tribes between the Rockies... Read more

Guest Reflections

"The passing of these last months has only set into our minds how truly blessed we were to meet each of you and to spend that time in the beautiful Wyoming wilderness. We recount each day of that trip often, and at the end of our reminiscing it ends in a big... Read More"

Emily Buss 2013

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