Some horse enthusiasts might prefer a horse vacation that involves bringing their own horses along, while other might enjoy a trip with less responsibility like dude ranches or guest ranches. Either way, a horse vacation is a true holiday for the horse fan, and is one gift my whole family would love to recieve.
Just thinking about riding along the beach or in the mountains makes me want to pack my bags and take off right now! A horse vacation would make the ultimate anniversary gift or birthday gift for your horse loving spouse, best friend, son or daughter. This awesome horse gift idea is destined to knock the boots clean off your horse lover!
I have some dear friends, a husband and wife, who recently vacationed at a dude ranch in Montana. The wife is an experienced horsewoman, while the husband is an absolute tenderfoot. They enjoyed shorter guided rides together. She actually got to experience the thrill of moving a herd of cattle from one pasture to another with the more experienced riders, while he enjoyed some excellent fishing. They found a place that met both their needs and had a wonderful and memorable horse vacation together. They’re still talking about it.
We did some research to find excellent resources for locating and comparing dude ranches, guest ranches, etc. Using these informative links, you should be able to find the perfect place for the ultimate horse vacation and the ultimate gift.
has compiled a list of travel opportunities for horse riding tours and horse vacations around the world. They also offer combo trips that feature rafting or scuba diving along with riding. You can even order free travel brochures so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.
Horse and Travel
is a comprehensive directory for horseback riding, dude ranches, stables, horse trails, camping and equestrian vacations in the USA. They feature a listing by state.
also lists dude ranches and resorts by state.
is an excellent resouce for adventure and active travel. They offer listings for horse pack trips, trail rides and western horseback riding vacations such as dude ranches, cattle drives, wagon trains, and horseback riding stables around the country and around the world.
Cross Country International, Corp.
offers wonderful horseback riding vacations in many locations around the world including France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, England, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Greece, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Mexico, and the United States.
offers you tested and proven horseback riding vacations on six continents. Their claim to fame is that they are America’s oldest and largest Horseback Riding Vacation Company.
provides a state by state directory for horse vacations and dude ranches. They proudly state that all their equine get-aways offer the highest hospitality standards.
Equine World UK
is an international directory of horse holidays covering the globe.
Gene Kilgore’s Ranch Country
Ranchweb was created to serve travelers around the world bringing them to some of the most exciting destinations offering a host of recreational possibilities – riding, white water rafting, fly fishing, wildlife photography and much more.
This one is perfect for the student considering a career in equine science, or any horse enthusiast that wants to expand their knowledge base and skills. From May through October, the Equine Research Foundation
offers one and two week learning vacations and internships to the public that involve participants in all aspects of the Foundation’s research and horse training. Participants gain hands-on experience working on unique scientific projects, learn about horse behavior, training, handling, care and welfare, and enjoy trail rides on the ranch trails, in the vineyard, along the beaches and in the mountains.
If you’re looking for a true luxury horse vacation,
The Resort at Paws Up,
a premier Rocky Mountain resort in Montana, is the place for you. The Resort combines luxury with unforgettable adventure on 37,000 acres of untamed Montana wilderness. Paws Up boasts more than 100 miles of designated outdoor wilderness adventures. From hiking, mountain biking, horse, and ATV trails to fly-fishing, tubing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and sports clay shooting. Winter at The Resort includes snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, sleigh rides with ice skating, ice fishing, dog sledding and downhill skiing in the nearby Rocky Mountains.
This facility northeastern Iowa features a bring-your-own-horse experience. They offer trail rides, clinics, campsites, cabins and an all-weather indoor arena. Be sure to check out their events calendar if you visit their site.
The Natural Gait
Big Bear Lake is a four-seasons resort community surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Big Bear Vacations.com
offers homes with fully equipped kitchens, linens, towels, TV/VCR, BBQs and more. Choose from slope views, lake views, lakefronts or secluded homes.
The Bitterroot Ranch
in Wyoming is located in a remote valley bordering the Shoshone National Forest. They feature a broad range of horses for all skill and confidence levels and you will ride in small groups with people of similar riding ability. They also have certified riding instructors available to give lessons at the ranch and offer riding clinics with top clinicians throughout the summer. The Bitterroot is a family run working ranch and during your vacation you will have frequent opportunities to help drive cattle. They are known for their Arabian horses and boast sheep, llamas, ducks, geese, chickens, peacocks, dogs and cats to boot. Something for the whole family.
Allred’s Adventures, L.L.C. (dba: Sawtooth Wilderness Outfitters)
offers a wide variety of horseback riding family adventure vacations including Idaho Wilderness Pack Trips, Horse Owner Vacations, Equestrian Vacations, Trail Rides, Spot Packing Service and Packing School.
Now for the gift presentation. In all likelihood, you won’t be able to pinpoint the exact dates for your horse vacation gift with out the input of your recipient. However, you can present your horse lover with a gift certificate, perhaps accompanied by a brochure outlining your vacation package. Some, if not all of these travel resources will provide you with a gift certificate. However, in the event that the one you choose does not, simply make your own. You can make a fancy gift certificate fairly easily in Microsoft Word using “wordart” and fancy script, and USE COLORS to make it BOLD and STRIKING.
By the way, if you have a horse vacation experience you would like to share, or would like to give a personal reference to a partiular facility, we would love to hear from you and feature it on our site. Simply let us know below.