There’s almost nothing like horseback riding. It takes us back to our more primitive selves, and is a true communion with the beauty and strength of nature. Horseback riding is a lost art. It’s the wind in your face, the feeling of the horse’s muscles moving under you, and the beat of the hooves on the ground as they ride. Once started, it can be addictive. Lucky for those horse riding lovers, there are places in the world where one can take horse riding holidays! There are plenty of guides, groups, and lessons to be had, especially in the Transcaucasian states. And, when heading to that part of the world, Armenia is a good place to start.
One option is to go on a horse riding tour! That way, not only does each person get the experience of riding a horse, but they also get to see the beautiful and jaw-dropping countryside as well! Join Caucasus Journeys for a 5 day horseback riding tour. It begins in Tbilisi, Georgia and ends in Yerevan, Armenia. You travel in a group, make stops at important points, meet new people and share meals, and take in the wonderful sites of mountains and greenery along the way. It’s about 750 Euros per person, and it comes with meals, accommodation, and horse grooms and teachers!
Another option is to go through Wild Frontiers and go for a 7 day horse riding journey. With this one, it’s focused in Armenia, and includes a lot of historical and interesting sites along the way! Not only is Yerevan, Armenia (where the tour begins) one of the oldest cities in the world, but it’s also filled with incredible natural beauty. And, a horse riding tour would be a perfect way to see the sights. This one is 9 days long and more like 1,500 pounds.
Lastly, another option is to take a horse riding holiday and use it to take lessons. In Yerevan, there is an amazing and highly rated location to get horseback riding lessons. It’s called Hovik Hayrapetyan Equestrian Center. There, you can get the quality riding lessons you’ve been looking for. Commenters on this center agreed that they have a fine selection of horses, good instructors, and there’s even a nice restaurant nearby which could be an extra fun activity to tack on to the end of a good lesson.
So, if you love horses, and are looking to travel, then start heading to the Transcaucasian states, to either go on a riding holiday or to get riding lessons! Not only do you get the feel of riding a beautiful horse in a dazzling country, but you get to enjoy the history and the richness of the natural beauty of each place. Tbilisi, Georgia and Yerevan, Armenia are great places to start. Enjoy the ride!
Photo from sources – caucasusjourneys.com, caucasus-naturefund.org, barevarmenia.com