About Horse Riding
Horse riding is a fabulous way to discover the mountains of the Southern French Alps. Trot through the Alpine forests, negotiate little rocky paths winding up the mountains, gallop through the alpine meadows amongst the butterflies and the flowers and canter along the tracks, enjoying the sunshine and being at one with your horse. Sitting up high on horseback is one of the best ways to appreciate the stunning mountain views.
Experienced riders can go for a full day hack through the mountains with a picnic – a fantastic day out with a bit of a ‘trapper’ feel about it ! If you’re a beginner or aren’t sure you can last a whole day in the saddle, you can also go for a half a day trek, or even just a short ride for one or two hours.
Ponies can even be hired out for parents to take younger children on a ride whilst they lead the way holding the reins.
Choose Your Horse Riding Adventure
Horse Riding Map
What You Need to Know
Most stables provide helmets and will prepare your horse or pony in advance with saddle and others will allow you participate in the preparation of your horse, especially for full day hacks and longer excursions. It is advisable to wear long trousers, gloves to protect your hands and comfortable clothing for riding and either riding boots, trainers or walking boots. Please check with the specific provider you are booking with to check what you need to wear or bring.
Best Time of Year for Horse Riding in the Alps
Horse riding is possible nearly all year round. It is just the winter months when the deep snow causes problems for horses. However even during these months some of the horse riding stables offer horse drawn carriage rides through some of the Alpine villages and ski joering.
The optimum times of year for horse riding have to be the spring and autumn where temperatures are cooler, nature is in either full bloom or preparing for winter with rich autumn colours and there are less people. The warm summer months are also popular for excursions in the mountains away from the scorching sun of the coast!