my story

Sanne Westera

I’m a 23 years old equestrian and avid traveller. I have been riding ever since I was a little kid and have been travelling actively since 2015. Often combining these two passions of mine by travelling the world on horseback. I feel like it’s time to share all the lessons I’ve learnt and beautiful places I’ve been.

About hooves around the world

After finishing international school in the Netherlands at 17 years old, my mom and I took a trip to South Africa and went on a horseback safari. I fell head over heels in love with the country, horses and landscape and decided to volunteer at that horse safari company for 3 months. So after our holiday, I was back in South Africa only 3 weeks later. The next years involved lots of traveling back and forth between Africa and the Netherlands. I tried to continue in the Netherlands, got a job, an apartment and started Medical school, but after a few months I missed Africa so much it became hard to continue school. In the summer of 2019 I travelled through SA, Botswana, Mozambique and Malawi and decided to quit Medical School. I pursued my passion for horses and travel and it was honestly the best decision I have ever made as I’ve never been happier. I truly hope my blog inspires you to follow your dreams and helps you get all the information you need for traveling the world on the back of a horse.

There are lots of different horse jobs I’ve had in the past years and I’ll tell you about some of the coolest!

  • Beach trail guide on a Dutch island – awesome, fast paced rides on insanely big beaches
  • Stable hand at a quarter horse stud farm – this was an amazing environment to learn in with friendly and beautiful quarter horse stallions
  • Horse manager at a stunning farm in the middle of the Drakensberg in South Africa
  • Safari back up guide in Waterberg in South Africa

I also absolutely love riding dressage and these are some of the coolest competitions I’ve had the pleasure of participating in

  • Welsh cup (North-Netherlands, ponies) 2nd prize
  • Welsh cup (North-Netherlands, ponies) 1st prize
  • National championships M2 dressage (North-Netherlands, horses) 6th prize

Work with me

If you are interested in collaborting on instagram, partnering as a brand/horse riding destination or anything else, please send me an email on with your ideas! 

Write for Hooves Around The World

Have you been to a stunning riding destination and want to tell others about it? Or do you have any tips regarding traveling or working with horses? Send me an email on with your guest post idea to be featured on the blog!