One thing that even Olympic-class riders will happily admit, is that there's always room for improvement.
An instructional break is ideal for those looking to improve their skill. Based at equitation centres, they vary from intensive 'learn to ride' courses to those that specialise in a particular discipline such as dressage or jumping.
It's best to look for a centre that has some official recommendation. In the UK, the British Horse Society
has a list of approved centers which will have well qualified instructors and a variety of well-schooled horsemasters.
Trekking or trail-riding
varies depending on the standard of riding in the group and the
terrain of the destination. There will be a holiday suitable for all standards but to
truly enjoy a trail-riding holiday, beginners will benefit from having some lessons at home
first. Some companies will ride out from a single base while others will transport
your luggage for you and stop at a different accommodation each night.
Accommodation varies dramatically and will often be reflected in the price.
Holiday companies offer a range of accommodation from shared bunk rooms
to the full luxury of a hotel or private mansion house. Expeditions:
This is a trail-riding holiday taken to the extreme and
a very appealling prospect for experienced riders offering
true adventure as you travel across dramatic scenery, often camping. For the ultimate challenge, consider a charity expedition
and tackle some fundraising too.
True ranching holidays take place in the wild expanses of America with Arizona, Montana, Utah and Mexico being typical destinations. Often called 'dude ranches', these outback cattle stations offer the city weary traveller an experience as far away from the city as they can dream of. Think 'Blazing Saddles' and you've got a clear idea of what a true ranching holiday is about. Learn from experienced cowhands how to work the cattle and take part in a round up or cattle drive
On this site, just as 'safari' sometimes means any equestrian exploration, ranch is used to describe holidays outside America which offer riding from a base.