You’ve found the perfect riding holiday destination and you would just love to bring your partner, friends or family with you. However, they have absolutely no clue how to get on a horse, let alone how to stay on. That’s fine! There are lots of destinations that keep this in mind and give you an opportunity to bring a non rider and still enjoy your riding holiday with them. In this post I’ll tell you all about the planning of these holidays, where to find them, what the possibilities are and how to create your own itinerary for the perfect horse riding holiday with a non rider!
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First, it’s important to make a plan for your holiday and clearly set your goals, wants and needs. The most important thing to define is how you want to spend time with your travel buddy. By this I mean; do you want your partner to join the rides? Do you want to meet back up with them after riding and they do another activity in the meantime? Do you both not want to ride but do other horse related activities such as driving a carriage, spotting wild horses or visiting a horse event?
If you want your partner to join you on the rides, these rides will likely be slow and centred around your partner being willing and learning to ride. If your partner is interested in learning to ride but doesn’t want to join for the long hours that you want to ride, they could come along in the morning and do another activity in the afternoon. If you’d like to both do different activities during the day but spend the evenings together, look for places that offer activities your partner might enjoy such as mountain biking, skiing, quad biking or hanging out in a spa. If you are both not necessarily interested in riding but want to spend time with horses, make sure to define what it is exactly you’d like to see and in which locations this is possible. Lastly, if you have a specific destination in mind, make sure to look for non rider opportunities there. However, if there don’t seem to be any opportunities there, make sure to read the end of this post where I explain how you can create your own itinerary when options are limited.
There are several ways to find the perfect holiday that suits all your wishes. My favourite way of doing this is by going on Instagram, looking for these places and contacting them directly for options. This way usually gets you a response and is a bit more personal as they will be able to see your profile, however sometimes a company will respond and ask you to email them instead which is also completely fine.
Another way to find your dream destination is through an agent. There are many agencies that can arrange trips for you and have lots of options for non-riders as well. In this case, make sure to contact the agency directly and they will be able to sort out the perfect holiday for you that also accommodates your non-riding travel buddy.
Sometimes, companies don’t immediately mention options for non-riders on their website or instagram, but you can always ask! They might be able to sort something out for you or come up with creative solutions. Also, if you’d be a solo traveler without your buddy, you do get the option to share a room now, which will help you save money on a possible single supplement. Below I will tell you how you can use this in creating your own itinerary! If you are really struggling to find the perfect place and even agencies aren't able to help you, or you want something very specific, you can always be creative and come up with your own personalised holiday.
Make it your own! In case you can’t find your dream vacation, create your own. Below I’ve come up with some tips and tricks so that you can create the itinerary yourself, depending on how you want to spend time with your travel buddy.
I will definitely be sure to make specific guides for several destinations that are perfect for non-riders.
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