As an equestrian, it can be easy to stick with what you’re used to and never venture too far out of your comfort zone. But what if we told you there’s so much more out there for you to explore? Whether it’s always been your dream to gallop along a sandy coastline at sunset or journey back in time to try medieval jousting, your imagination’s the limit!
Here at Cavago, it’s our passion to help make your equestrian dreams a reality. So, to inspire you to live your life with horses to the full, we’ve come up with 10 must-have equestrian experiences that anyone who loves horses should try at least once!
- Ride along the beach
We’ve put beach riding at the top spot because it’s the ultimate equestrian dream. Every rider envisions themselves cantering along white sand, with the lapping waves of the shore beside them at some stage in their life. For that reason, beach rides are hugely popular among the equestrian community, and it’s a dream you can easily make come true! Whether you want to box your horse down to the nearest coastline or travel abroad and hire a horse for a beach ride, Cavago can help you make it a reality at the touch of a button! Why not check out all the best places to ride on the beach on our website today? You’re sure to feel inspired to give it a go!
- Explore a vineyard on horseback
Are you looking for a gentler, more cultural equestrian experience? Well, if you like to think of yourself as a bit of a wine connoisseur, then a horseback vineyard tour will suit you down to the ground. Visiting a vineyard in the UK is one thing, but touring the beautiful scenery while on horseback in Spain or Portugal really is like entering a dreamworld. If you’re looking for an equestrian experience like no other, combined with a trip abroad and that extra touch of class, this is something you have to try!
- Learn to play polo
Riding isn’t just about the main three disciplines, you know. Why not push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something off the beaten track? Polo is a thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled spot that anyone can have a go at. There are plenty of excellent polo schools around the UK and beyond where you can hone your skills, and it also makes a great equestrian group activity for a special occasion. Polo is great fun and something every rider should try at least once!
- Try formation riding
Ever heard of formation riding? While regular horse riding can be a solitary activity at times, if it’s comradery you crave then formation riding is the perfect way to make new friends, work as a team and add another element to your riding. It requires discipline, patience and teamwork but the end result is a real thing of beauty. You can learn formation riding anytime through expert clinics and camps, and if you want to get a true taste of how wonderful formation riding is, why not book a ticket to a show first?
- Swim with horses
If you want to take beach riding to another level, why not take the plunge and go swimming with horses? Horses are strong swimmers, and many really enjoy spending time in the water. Feeling the sheer power as they swim with you is an experience like no other. If you want to give it a go but aren’t sure where to start, there are plenty of hosts around the world on Cavago that allow you to give it a go with expert horses and handlers.
- Ride a dressage schoolmaster
Do you watch Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin in awe? Well, you can experience what it’s like to be a dressage pro when you book a ride on a true schoolmaster. These horses are expertly trained to execute Grand Prix level moves at the touch of a button, so you can experience how they should feel and learn the correct aids for yourself. Some UK riding schools are home to amazing horses like this or, if you wish to venture further afield, you can experience the epitome of classical riding on incredible Lusitanos at Portuguese equestrian centres across the country.
- Embark on a trekking holiday
If you’re a nature-lover, there’s no better way to experience what the world has to offer than on horseback. Whether you want to see the stunning mountain ranges in Wales or trek through the incredible open plains of Mongolia, there’s a horse trekking getaway to suit everyone. Not only will you get the thrill of riding through such stunning locations, but you’ll also be able cover huge distances and explore the countryside in the most unique way possible. On Cavago, you can book some of the best places to go horse trekking in the UK and beyond, so why not consider it for your next adventure?
- Try a form of historical riding
Have you ever watched a period drama and wished you could go back in time to the age of jousting and side saddle? Well, who’s to say you can’t? There are plenty of age-old equestrian practises still kept alive today, allowing riders to experience what it was like to ride centuries ago. Perhaps you crave the thrill of archery on horseback or have an up-close experience of horseback falconry? Whatever your heart desires, there’s an experience out there for you.
- Take your horse on holiday with you
Imagine waking up from a picture-perfect country cottage, peering out your window and seeing your horse grazing happily in his paddock. Well, you can live that dream when you take your horse on holiday with you! Whether it’s a weekend getaway you’re after or a week-long holiday, taking your horse away with you is one of the best feelings in the world. Many holiday lets in the UK allow you to bring your horse, with the option to either keep at a neighbouring equestrian centre or by offering facilities on-site. The possibilities are endless!
- Watch an equestrian theatre production
An equestrian theatre production is truly a sight to behold. The actors and their perfectly trained steeds will leave you awe-struck, and experiencing a show like this is something any horse lover must do at least once. Seeing the horse and rider combinations play out a story line and showcase high level movements is the most incredible display of horsemanship and the perfect way to spend a day. With Cavago, you can book to watch the Royal Horse of England historical theatre show or Bravo! Equestrian Theatre, both showcasing top international riders and best-in-class breeds at their finest.
Feeling inspired to experience your best equestrian life? Why not check out all the incredible experiences Cavago has to offer and book quickly and easily today! Visit www.mycavago.com to find out more and embark on your next equestrian adventure.
Cavago is the world-leading, revolutionary online booking platform, built by the horse world, for the horse world. We connect every rider and horse enthusiast from around the world by providing access to an entire ecosystem of equestrian opportunities using one easy-to-use platform. Whether you’re looking to find your next riding lesson, enter a local competition, book an unforgettable riding experience or embark on your dream holiday abroad, Cavago has it all. Simply visit www.mycavago.com or download the app today and book your next Cavago experience!