Western Riding

Equitours offers a number of adventures where western style riding predominates though usually riders have the choice of either Western or English saddles. Good riding is much the same with both styles of riding and experienced riders can quickly adapt from one style to the other. Whether Western or English the rider needs to have a secure seat and have the upper body well balanced over the stirrup. The most important difference is probably that western horses are trained to neck rein and to move more independently using his good natural instincts on a looser rein over broken terrain in pursuit of uncooperative cows. The Western saddle was originally designed for roping cows with a high cantle and horn in front to hold the lariat. Neck reining is needed because the cowboy has to keep one hand free for roping. Polo ponies are trained the same way. The apparel traditionally associated with Western riding is different also with high heeled boots to insure that a foot won’t be caught in the stirrups, chaps to protect the legs from brush, a bandana to filter out the dust and wide brimmed hats as shade from the strong sun. Most of these traditions are worth preserving, but these days we suggest that you substitute a hard hat for the sombrero. Today Western riding has fans in many parts of the world and our western riding vacations have become extremely popular.

We offer riding trips related to "Western Riding" in the following destinations:

Cattle drive in Wyoming

Trip: Bitterroot Cattle Drive

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The Bitterroot cattle spend the summer grazing on the adjacent national forest land the last week of September is spent gathering the herd before the winter arrives. This cattle drive in Wyoming is challenging... Read more

ranch vacation in wyoming

Trip: Bitterroot Ranch

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The broad range of horseback riding activities during this ranch vacation in Wyoming includes riding lessons with certified instructors to the intermediate level, a cross country jumping course for experienced riders, team sorting, herding... Read more

Castles and Caves in Malbec

Trip: Castles and Caves in Malbec

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The ride traverses a region of spectacular scenery considered by National Geographic to be one of the world’s last unspoiled and undiscovered earthly paradises. Begin in the fertile vineyards of Cahors with its famous... Read more

Feast of the Conquerors- enjoy delicous Italian cuisine on your horseback riding vacation in Siena

Trip: Feast of the Conquerors

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This riding tour in Italy is a fantastic opportunity to experience riding through the Italian countryside while enjoying local cuisine. Whether your trip includes Il Palio or the standard itinerary, this is sure to... Read more

This horseback riding holiday in Mexico includes a visit to the Monarch Reserve

Trip: La Sierra Trails

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This wonderful ride explores the beautiful countryside around Valle de Bravo, just 2-½ hours southwest of Mexico City.  Valle de Bravo is a very old colonial town with the traditional narrow paved streets, houses... Read more

Navajoland- Take part in minimalistic camping on this horseback riding tour in Arizona

Trip: Navajoland

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An excellent choice for a horseback riding vacation in Arizona is the Navajoland trip which traverses the most spectacular and interesting parts of the vast Navajo Indian Reservation.  Deep in the heart of the... Read more

Enjoy comfortable accommodations on the Rancho Puesto Del Sol horseback riding vacation in Mexico

Trip: Rancho Puesta Del Sol

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Only fifty miles north of Mexico City, this ranch is surrounded by three waterfalls, and at an elevation of 7,500 ft, offers spectacular views and weather year-round. On this horseback riding vacation in Mexico... Read more

St-Lawrence-ride- horseback riding in Quebec

Trip: St. Lawrence Ride

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Horseback riding in Quebec allows you to explore rural country and follow logging roads made over 200 years ago, which now lead to picturesque little villages tucked away in the forest. This area has... Read more

Enjoy a horseback riding vacation in Utah on the Two Inn Trail

Trip: The Two Inn Trail

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Horseback riding vacations in Utah and Arizona do not need to be a rough camping adventure.  You can see much of the spectacular back country and still stay in comfortable inns where you can... Read more

Toscana Cucina- enjoy both horseback riding and cooking in Italy

Trip: Toscana Cucina Ride

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This trip is a perfect combination of horseback riding in Siena, cooking classes with the Chef and sightseeing to destinations of cultural and historical interest. Return to the convivial atmosphere of the Castello’s spacious... Read more

Tour de Quercy

Trip: Tour de Quercy

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The Quercy is an exceptionally beautiful region of France for the horseback riding enthusiast to enjoy. This is the land of truffles and ‘foie gras’, traversed by the picturesque Dordogne River. Tiny farms, hamlets... Read more

A History of Horseback Riding in Wyoming

Article: A History of Horseback Riding in Wyoming

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How Horseback Riding shaped Wyoming’s History… Though horses originated in America, there was a 10,000 year hiatus in the history of horses on this continent because it seems that about that long ago Native... Read more

History of Horseback Riding in Arizona

Article: History of Horseback Riding in Arizona

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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

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Article: Working Ranch Horseback Riding Vacations

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…Experience another way of life Genuine working ranches can offer some wonderful opportunities for horseback riding vacations. Horses are still an integral part of operations on cattle ranches so they take riding seriously and... Read more

Guest Reflections

"I'm back from the African Explorer, the trip of a lifetime. Please pass my gratitude to everyone at Equitours for making it possible. I took well over 800 photos! Both our stationary stay in South Africa and the mobile safari in Botswana were outstanding.... Read More"

Ed Goldberg

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