Blue Sky Sage
based: Wyoming, USA
Western riding vacations including and all women riding package, horsemanship clinics, riding camps and a unusual Mustang horse adventure seeking out the wild Mustang horses of Wyoming.
| western riding | women | USA |
Lunga Riding Stables
based: Argyll, Scotland, UK
Ranch-style stables offering Western trail riding. Offering bespoke trail riding packages which include rides and lessons. Rides are on forest tracks or by the sea shore, using a choice of Western or English tack. Lessons can offer an introduction to Western riding or natural horsemanship.
| western riding | Scotland |
Marble Mountain Guest Ranch
based: California, USA
USA riding holidays to learn western trail riding in California's Klamath National Forest. Holidays and vacations have an American cowboy trail riding theme, combined with activities like rafting, kayaking, clay shooting, fishing, jet boating and traditional American ranch activities.
| western riding | USA |
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A regularly changing selection of horse riding holidays and tours worldwide. Covering all types of equestrian break from day hacks to multi-day treks and horseback safaris; tours go from just a few hours to multi-day tours of several days duration.
| riding lessons | horse/pony trekking | horse trail riding | western riding | Worldwide |
Alison Johnson Horsemanship
based: Co. Durham, UK
Riding holidays and Western dressage on Western trained American Quarter Horses, accommodation in a single bed self-catering annex.
| western riding | England |
Burley Villa School of Riding
based: Hampshire, UK
Western riding breaks in Hampshire, B&B accommodation, two-day breaks including group rides through the New Forest National Park each day, additional days can be added.
| western riding | England |
Kröller Holiday Ranch
based: Tyrol, Austria
Horseback trail riding in Western style in the alpine terrain of the Zillertal Alps in the Austrian Tyrol.
| western riding | Austria |
based: Granada, Spain,
Guided Spanish horse riding holidays using responsive, well-bred Andalusian mounts, offering week rides, short breaks, and day rides/hacks.
| western riding | Spain |
This Travel-Quest section lists horseback riding holidays, residential courses and breaks offering horse riding instruction, trail rides and horseback tours in western style on western trained horses. Horses will be neck reined and will be ridden with western tack and saddles.
Western horseback riding is the particular style of North American riding which developed from the fighting and ranching traditions of the Spanish Conquistadors. Both the equipment used in Western riding and the riding style itself evolved to meet the needs of working cowboys in the West of America.
The differences between English and Western riding
Firstly there is the saddle: compared to a English saddle, the Western one distributes weight more evenly over a horse's back to enable horse and rider to counterbalance the weight of a roped cow. It's also designed to be comfortable for many hours riding in rough, wild country. Western horses are also neck reined (so they will change direction with light rein pressure on the neck) because it's necessary to control the horse one handed to enable the cowboy to use a lasso/lariat with the other hand.
There's a difference in the horses too, with Western horses being more compact and able to maintain steady travel over a long period, but also capable of short bursts of speed when required to pursue cattle.
UK: Western style horses riding day activities
Why not see if you like this riding style before you go away? An opportunity to try out western style horse riding as a day activity before committing to a longer holiday or course. A number of options are available in Hampshire and the New Forest including: short western horse riding trail experiences, sessions just for children and aspiring cowboys/cowgirls, mid-week sessions and packages with a BBQ or lunch included.