Riding a purebred native breed adds an exciting dimension to a riding holiday. Here is a profile of some of the breeds used by riding holiday companies advertising on this holiday directory
Named after a region in Spain that today is the country's most popular riding area, the handsome Andalusian is one of Europe's most ancient breeds - it appears in cave paintings and was famed in the Middle Ages.
The Camargue Horse
The Camargue horses are legendary. These hardy white horses of
the sea add a romantic quality to the wetlands of the Camargue in the
south of France.
The Icelandic Horse
At only 13-14hh, the Icelandic horse is a sturdy
type capable of carrying adults across rugged terrain. Icelandics
possess two extra gaits, the tolt and the pace.
The Marwari Horse
Originally used as a war horse, India almost lost its formerly beloved Marwari horse in the days of British rule. Now thanks to local enthusiam for this distinctive native breed it is again thriving.
The Peruvian Paso
This is an athletic horse with a unique natural gait - the paso which allows it to cover ground quickly and smoothly.
The Turkmen Akhal-teke
One of the most ancient breeds of the world, the Turkmen Akhal-teke is a sleek, fiery character with an understated toughness built for its desert environment.