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Horseback Tourism

Updated on July 9, 2014

Horseback Riding And Tourism

When looking to find a good way of entertainment, one should strive to combine the most pleasant and the most useful, I believe. As for me, I'm the one who is a lot into getting sport, entertainment and health all at once : ) Here is the way how I learnt to combine them - "horseback tourism". But let's start from the beginning.

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Horses Have been Around for Years

As you have probably heard, communicating with horses has an extremely positive effect on us, both physical and spiritual. Humans have always been really close to these animals. No wonder that with time, horses were not only helping people with work, but also cured them and were a source of joy and aesthetics. Note how popular and effective the hippotherapy became. Today these wonderful animals can be met everywhere - they are helping a hardworking peasant in the country, they take part in reckless races, they are in the center of graceful competitions in show jumping and dressage, and they are simply available for communication with amateurs. Many works of art have been dedicated to horses too, bee it painting or ancient sculpture. Horses are popular indeed.

Hippotherapy

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What You Need Is

Yet, if we are talking about ways to have a great rest and even more fun – why not go for such a new kind of tourism as horseback tourism. Every day this kind of entertainment gets more and more fans around the world. In fact, that’s much more interesting and exciting than just travelling in closed cars or dragging a heavy rucksack on your back. Contrary to common beliefs, horse-riding is available for people of all ages. That’s a good way to escape from the everyday routine of a big city and get fully absorbed in the nature. Of course, some basic skills are needed, like being able to sit in the saddle, but it’s easy to master.

How to Ride a Horse

What About You?

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If your answer is "No", you should rush to try that right away! :)

Have you ever ridden a horse?

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Where

Routes for horse-riding usually run across mountain paths, through steppes, valleys, they lay on the banks of rivers and lakes – in other words, everywhere where your eye would enjoy the surroundings. For example, a lot of such tours are organized in Russia, where the nature is diverse and suitable, and where there are a lot of native population who have been rearing horses for many years, e.g. in Bashkiria, Buryat Republic, Altai or Siberia.

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The Adventure

During such tours the ‘travellers’ have to take care of the horses and cook food themselves. Normally they sleep in tents right where the night caught them. Of course all that is accompanied by cordial talks, singing by the fire and lots of laughter. Sometimes, though, the tourists stay at camping sites too. But I think sleeping in tents gives more feeling of wild adventure.

Thus, the animal that was tamed more than six thousand years ago today brings us so much happiness and is so needed. Is that the right way of entertainment for you? If not, what would you prefer?

Your Ideas?

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      brianvallois lm 3 years ago

      Great lens i really enjoyed reading it.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice rustic travel idea, InnaTsv!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      This would be the perfect entertainment for me!

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      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      I grew up on a working horse ranch and have spent most of my entire adult life riding, camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. I've even ridden a camel or two in my time. Thanks for a fun look at horseback riding.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Yes. I loved riding when I had a horse. And I'd go on a horseback trip with an outfitter any day. As long as they have a good reputation for the care of their horses. Sometimes when something becomes popular, people take advantage.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Yes, I rode a horse up to Taktsang in Bhutan. A great way to see nature.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I have volunteered at a therapeutic riding center and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I recommend that anyone who loves horses, but can't have one, volunteer at a good hippotherapy stable.

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love it. I think its great. If you own a horse and go riding, its the best thing in the world.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      This is one of my dreams to go on a horseback ride tour. This is a great lens.

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      josietook 4 years ago

      I think there is much pleasure in riding a horse. The video about Frosty and her rider Mel; "Hippotheraphy" shows what wonderful creatures horses are. It is great to know how much can be achieved.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      I prefer fishing they dont run away with you .

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      We used to ride all the time until we moved to southern Arizona. It just wasn't as much fun as riding through the woods of northern NY so we kind of got away from it. I love that sunset picture you have posted.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      I would love to do this! I used to ride for years, and I definitely would like to experience a new place from horseback.

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I have been hearing about taking a horseback ride then camel ride through the nomadic lands in Inner Mongolia...it is near hear and sounds like fun.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love horses, and have always wishes that I had one...or more.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      i wish I could indulge my love of riding horses more often.

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      PearlHowie 5 years ago

      I highly recommend you check out riding Icelandic Horses - they have a unique gait and are the armchairs of horses - amazing time in Iceland recently riding through the snow ice and lava fields!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      See my comment above - I have done this. Great job on this lens!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      I love horses and have ridden all my life.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      My wife would love one of those trips, thanks for the information!!!

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      Noelle and Dan 5 years ago

      For me, it's not entertainment. Our two horses have been with us for about 15 years. Both, like us, are now retired from riding. They live here with us and are a part of our lives. They truly enjoyed being with us as much as we enjoy them.

      About five years ago, a friend of mine who has a carriage, hay wagon ride company mentioned his one retired horse was doing poorly. Not eating. Poor coat. We brought the horse over here for the summer. I groomed him daily, talked to him, made sure he had a pile of hay to himself. The horse, a big draft guy, perked up, gained weight, interacted with our two horses, followed us around like a puppy. It is nice to see that humans can befriend animals and be of use to the horse, more than just feeding them.

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      Chris-H LM 5 years ago

      I love the photos! I went riding for a whole day in the Redwood forest in California. It was beautiful! Even though it was about 35 years ago I still remember it well.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      I have always wanted to go on a horseback riding vacation, but my husband says, that's not a vacation, we had horses at home...I guess I could see his point, but to ride in the mountains is what I wanted...maybe I'll go by myself...

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      RobGrawberger 6 years ago

      I have always wanted to do this. My family does participate in a 12 mile trail ride every spring, usually consisting of 900+ riders. Awesome Lens!!!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Well, this would be a really great experience ... horseback travel. Nice.

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      InnaTsv 6 years ago

      @ideadesigns: im glad you liked it! :)

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      This is a very good idea for a lens and I like the pictures.