One of the great things about horse trails is that you can explore areas that you can’t reach by foot...
...you get to go longer distances, and there’s just that little bit of extra exhilaration that comes from having a canter up a mountainside or over an open plain.
We scoured Instagram to find some of your coolest locations to go horseriding, and where possible, some options for places that will supply horses and guides.
1. Masai Mara, Kenya
For exhilaration and sheer wonder, this is a good bet. A normal African safari is an awe-inspiring experience by itself, but a horseback safari is something else entirely.
You can gallop across open plains within touching distance of zebra, wildebeest and buck, and get up nice and close to elephants, lions and rhino. In fact, you’ll be surprised at just how close you can get with the help of your four legged mount – perfect for those Instagram-worthy photo ops.
2. Hovsgol province, Mongolia
The Mongolians are some of the best horsemen in the world. The Hovsgol province includes the shores of the pristine and barely touched Lake Hovsgol, and the people of this province are one of the few truly nomadic groups still roaming this earth.
They travel the area on horseback, moving their homes and their communities as the seasons change. This isn’t a trail for those who want first world luxury, but if you’re after real culture, extreme landscapes and far flung destinations, you can’t go wrong.
Honestly, as if we could miss this out. Icelandic ponies are minor celebrities in the horse world after all, with their short statures, rebellious manes and easy-to-sit paces. Aside from the ponies, which are enough of a draw by themselves, Iceland is pretty notorious for its beauty. Whether you’re more into beaches, volcanic rocks, glaciers waterfalls or mountains, Iceland has it all. Don’t forget to factor in a trip to see the Northern lights – and bring the horse with you!