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Best Horse Riding Destinations in Italy (Part 2)

Often known as Italy’s green heart, Umbria features a fresh green landscape which is popular as even more authentic than its neighboring Tuscany. You’ll be breathless by this region’s stunning panoramic hilltop views despite being small in terms of area. There are countless number of attractive relaxing horse riding trails that allow riders even beginners to explore the whole region in a short period of time.

Umbria boasts plenty of trails passing through soft rolling hills, olive groves, terraced vineyards and quiet wood paths where you will explore with the local expert guides and a well-trained horse best suited for your skill level.

As a rural region, in Umbria horses is companion to locals, the means of transportation; hence, you can rest assured knowing that the horses you’ll ride are well-groomed and cared for.
More experience riders will absolutely enjoy discovering Umbria’s hilltop castles and monasteries, beautiful valleys covered with wild poppies and small villages located around the tranquil Trasimeno lake. Within close distance easy to reach on horseback, you’ll be able to visit the cities of Spoleto, Assisi, Perugia and Orvieto.
Some extra activities must-include are truffle hunting, visiting the vineyards and tasting the exquisite local wines and hand-made cheese. 

Tip: Arrange time to visit magnificent Cascata Delle Marmor, the world’s highest man-made waterfall built by ancient Romans, managed by the power plant and being turned on and off a few times a day to demonstrate to visitors about its spectacular full flow.

How to get there:
The best airports to land on are Rome (FCO and CIA) and Perugia (PEG) which are well reach by train to Spoleto, where there are various riding centers offer pick-up and drop-off services. Due to the close distances to Rome, visitors might want to combine horse riding adventure with sightseeing in The Eternal City before or after the trip.

Best Horse Riding Destinations in Italy (Part 1)

Featured gorgeous weather, beautiful scenery, rich cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and exceptional wines, it’s hard to resist visiting Italy at least once in your life.

A long tradition of horseback riding dating back to ancient and a internationally passion for horses make Italy even more attractive for hoé riding enthusiasts. Are you ready to discover everything this “Bel Paese” (beautiful country) has to offer? Saddle up and let steady Italian horses take you on a journey through the best horse riding destination of Italy.

Tuscany

Have you ever look at Val d’Orcia by Van Gogh? This and many other of his paintings have been inspired by Tuscany’s tranquil countryside scenery featuring yellow-brown fields and lush green hillside.

This serene hillside region is perfect for riding through remote rural trails, vineyards, olive groves, farms and trees, while breathing in the fresh scent of wild herbs in the air. On your way, you’ll explore charming medieval villages and fortresses hidden away in the hillsides. Some of the famous iconic villages that of a must-do visit include Talamone, Orbetello and Monte Argentario. A horse riding holiday in Tuscany is highly recommended for those who dream about leaving their busy day-to-day lives in picturesque countryside.

In Tuscany, one can find horse riding holidays suitable for all levels, from first-timers to advanced riders. However, since there are too many accessible trails and stables with calm, and well-trained horses, this region is particularly ideal for beginners who are looking to develop their horsemanship and skills quickly.

While Tuscany is fairly huge region, one of the most beautiful areas for the ultimate horse riding experience is the Maremma region, featuring the medieval city of Grosseto as a starting point. From that, journey through rust-colored tracks and grassy hills, pass through winding avenues with chestnut, almond and fig trees and experience some horseback-swimming in the clear water.

Tips to look like an expert in saddle (part 2)

6. Do not hold the saddle horn to stay still

When practice horse riding in the USA or Mexico, you are likely to find a saddle horn in your saddle which you can hold on to while riding – but really you should not depend on the saddle horn to keep your balance. In case you feel unstable, keep balance by adjusting your posture, extending your legs further or holding the reins more gently. Anything but the saddle horn should be used for that.

Because if you let yourself depend on the saddle horn to keep balance, when there is an unexpected situation happening, this is a much ineffective position to keep your balance and you are more likely to fall hard to the ground. That’s the reason why you should never get used to holding the saddle horn even if you are just walking. It’s better to learn properly how to stay balance from the start than developing bad habits that could harm you in the long run.

Remember also that in the UK or other countries in Europe, saddles are usually not attached with saddle horns but you should also avoid holding onto the front of the saddle for keeping balance.

7. Keep your eyes where you are riding the horse

Don’t fix your eye on your horse while you ride. No matter how beautiful he is, riders must always keep eyes on the trail. Fixing your gaze at your horse would be similar to pay attention to the hood of your car while ignoring the road ahead which surely no one would want to be in a car with such uncertain driver.

Instead you should look ahead through the horse’s ears, keeping sight on the path while holding a straight posture, which should be enough to have a safe trail riding trip.

Tips to look like an expert in saddle (part 1)

Mount with confidence

If you are not confident, the horse can sense it and become uneasy too. If you join a ranch vacation, you’ll find that the horses are commonly trained to allow people mount on the left side while your guide hold your horse’s head. But if that’s not the case, ask someone to hell so the horse doesn’t move while you get on him.
First, lifting your left foot into the stirrup, holding both of the reins with your left hand and lifting yourself up with your right leg to mount as smoothly as possible on the horde. Don’t push the horse down as this could hurt him; you can place your hands on his back but just for balancing.

Sit up straight and relaxed

Maybe you think that you can ride as fast as possible like the professional on TV but keep in mind that you’re beginner so the best position to keep control of your horse is to sit up straight, relax your back, hold the reins lightly and gently, set a foot in each stirrup, and keep balance to not make your horse feel like you are a heavier load.

Be gentle with the reins

Your horse riding technique might based on which style you’re learning, English or Western. In English riding, you hold a rein in each hand, while in Western riding you take both reins in one hand. Whichever your style, relax your arms and don’t pull too hard or you might make the horse feel painful. It’s also a good reason to lift the reins above your shoulder level so that your arms form right angles at the elbow.
To turn your horse to the left, move the left rein to the left in a movement like opening a door. In case you want to turn to the right, repeat the action with the right rein. To stop, just gently pull back and push the heels down.

The hobby of horse riding is skyrocketing in China

The Chinese super-rich not only spend billions to collect cars, luxury brands, travel around the world, but also play polo – a type of sport belonging to the luxury goods in the world.

Polo or custard (as the Chinese call it) is considered a noble sport originating from Persia. In this subject, the player has to ride the horse while cleverly hitting the ball into the opponent’s goal to win. Each modern polo match lasts about 2 hours.

The Indians modernized the sport and opened the first polo club in 1833 in Assam. Meanwhile, the British are believed to have spread popular polo to many countries around the world. Britain’s first Calcutta Polo Club was founded in 1862 by Lieutenant Joseph Sherer and Captain Robert Stewart. In the US, the first polo match was held at Dickle Riding Academy on Fifth Avenue.

This discipline is not too strange in China. In Chinese history, the Tang emperor (617 – 908AD) had chosen the best mares to organize an entertaining match with the aristocracy in the royal capital of Chang’an.

Since then, it has rarely been a player until a recent decade, polo has gradually changed and evolved into a sport that is particularly interested in the very rich and the rich. In China, polo is an elite sport that shows elegance, class and status that is only suitable for the luxurious lifestyle of the super rich.

Tianjin Goldin Polo Club, owned by Goldin Properties Holdings, is the most valuable polo club in the country and the favorite entertainment destination for the wealthy in China. since its inception. Membership of this club has a minimum price of 380,000 yuan (over 1.2 billion).

In addition to the large racecourse area, the venue also has 4,000 stables, an international academy of horse riding training, a domed stadium and a luxurious hotel system including 12 restaurants, a wine cellar serving only The most expensive wine in the world. It is also the venue for many global Polo tournaments.

The polo events organized in the form of tickets for guests are an opportunity to expand social relations but in reality, participants have everything in hand, money and position.

Despite the high costs, Polo is gaining a foothold, as China is getting richer, more and more Chinese are willing to spend large sums of money to play sports, especially for their children.

There are clubs around the country and to sponsor a team, you have to be extremely rich. Because players need to be equipped with good horses, large polo field, all kinds of high-end equipment and professional coaches. Therefore, the target market of this sport is mostly billionaires, wealthy businessmen and their children.

The appeal of the sport lies in the social aspect for those who like to ride horses and speed enthusiasts. It is really not just about the art of sports but also the style of the upper lifestyle.

Tips to Look Like an Expert in the Saddle

If you are thinking of going horse riding for the first time and you are nervous? Don’t be ashamed, it’s only natural to feel that when you’re near and about to ride a relatively large, living animal! 

It’s very crucial that you’re guided by an expert or a trained professional before you begin horse riding. Because not only they can provide the support or assistance that you need to be comfortable on a horse, but they can also teach you some riding tips that are suitable for beginners. You know, they were once a beginner too so they understand it quite well and will be able to relate to what you are going through and share their insights on what can be helpful to you while you learn to horse ride.

One lesson will not be sufficient for you to be able to ride a horse properly. In fact, one of the best ways to learn how to horse riding for the very first time is to participate in a horse riding holiday for beginners. During which, you will have plenty of time to not only build up your horse riding skills but also build up a relationship with your horse as well as other beginners horse riders through the experience.

To get started, here are some tips that’ll help you look like a horse riding pro:

Wear proper horse riding gear

Regardless of your riding style is Western or English riding, it is obvious that you don’t want to show up wearing a miniskirt, shorts, or sandals. Instead you would want to wear long pants and proper footwear such as any close-toed shoes or a pair of a low heeled boot to avoid slipping through the stirrups.

Don’t wear scarves, purses or any o accessory because that could get tangled in the horse, the saddle or even a tree. Lastly, remember to always wear a helmet to protect your head.

What parents should know about horse riding for kids

Your child might love the ideas of owning and riding ponies just like imagine on the bedroom wall’s photo, but before committing to riding lessons, teach them that horse riding is more than just a fun recreational activity but also can be a dangerous (and expensive) hobby

Even if your child begins by riding on the smallest, slowest pony in the stable, it’s worth to remember that horses are temperamental beings. You must be aware of that and sign an indemnity form. You must make peace with being falls and injuries, and prepare to invest into protective gear. 

Talk to a certified instructor

Before registering to a riding school or a lesson package, talk to a couple of instructors to ensure your child is physically and emotionally ready for lessons. While riding lessons can benefit a child in many ways, make sure that they are physically strong enough and emotionally mature enough not to lash out in anger at a horse when things don’t go their way.

Teach your child to be responsibility

If your children start begging for her own pony, make sure yo teach them the tremendous responsibility of caring for such demanding animal. Let her observe the entire process at the stables, including cleaning the stables and grooming the horse, etc. So that they understand everything that riding entails, including safety and caring for a pony. Your child must know that a real horse is a different story from those on the bedroom walls.

On your own visit each riding school before making your decision. Carefully observe and research the riding schools in your area, asking plenty of questions about the safety standards and possible hazards before settling. 

Let the children stay around horses before riding to see how your child reacts around them first before making a decision. Teach them that horses can be gentle but they won’t respond well to loud noises and sudden movements

Top reasons to take up horse riding

Do you know that horse riding can have great health benefits, especially when you feel a little blues as it has the ability to putt a smile on your face.
In this article, we will talk about all the reasons why adults should take up the sport.

  1. Exercise
    Horse riding can actively lift our mood, reduce stress and anxiety, improve our physical health, at the same time recharge our energy. All that has been proven in research commissioned by the BHS. In fact, just half an hour of horse related activity, is classed as moderate exercise, which even exerts more energy than playing badminton.
  2. Mental health
    Exercising and spending time with animals can raise levels of the mood-enhancing hormone serotonin, which is good for your body, brain and emotions. Research also shows that psychological benefits of interaction with horses is enormous.
    Riders felt more cheerful, relaxed and happy at the same level as discovered anecdotally. Horse riding can manage negative feelings relating to anxiety and depression; at the same time, help with stress reliever and confidence issues.
  3. Core strength
    In order to stay balanced in the saddle you’ll have to learn how to engage your core muscles, so basically your physical heath is improved. Additionally, horse riding is a full body workout which helps to increase our balance as well as our posture as the more regularly you ride.
  4. Burning calories out of the saddle
    You constantly burn calories as you are on the horse as well as off the horse and back at the yard no matter you’re mucking out, grooming, pushing wheelbarrows or carrying buckets. It is physical that challenges every one who work in an office environment.
  5. Friendly competition
    Riding does have a competitive nature; however, getting in competitions can lead to new friendships. Sharing, talking while competing is a great way to expand your network.

Things to know about Horse riding

Horse riding, also known as Equestrianism or horseback riding, consists the disciplines of riding, driving, or vaulting with horses. This use of horses might vary from practical working purposes such as transportation, police work or for controlling herd animals on a ranch; public service, in traditional ceremonies (parades, funerals), police and volunteer mounted patrols and for mounted search and rescue; recreational activities such as fox hunting, trail riding, or hacking; artistic to cultural exercises, and competitive sport, including dressage, endurance riding, eventing, reining, show jumping, tent pegging, vaulting, polo, horse racing, driving, and rodeo. Besides, there are some popular forms of competition are grouped together at horse shows and in other types of exhibition such as historical reenactment or ceremony, often pulling carriages and for therapeutic purposes both in specialized para-equestrian competition as well as non-competitive riding to improve human health and emotional development.

There’s no record of the the exact date horses were domesticated and first ridden, the best estimate is approximately 3000 – 3500 BC., near the Dnieper River and the Don River, people were using bits on horses, as a stallion that was buried there shows teeth wear consistent with using a bit. However, the most unequivocal early archaeological evidence of equines put to working use was of horses being driven as working animals in 2500 BC. In ancient times, the horse played an important role throughout human history all over the world, both in warfare and in peaceful pursuits such as transportation, trade and agriculture. Horses lived in North America, but died out at the end of the Ice Age and were brought back to North America by European explorers, beginning with the second voyage of Columbus in 1493.

Horse riding or Equestrianism was then become a form of sport and was introduced in the 1900 Summer Olympics as an Olympic sport with jumping events.

Riding a horse to visit San Antonio city

A horse riding trip to see the ancient city, peaceful San Antonio is an unforgettable journey to the United States.

When I arrived in Texas, if I hadn’t had a good Vietnamese student, I would have missed the rare opportunity to come to San Antonio to feel the other beauty of the United States.

After days of experiencing “strong feelings” with skyscrapers, vibrant life like Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Austin … the student named Hieu took me to peace. It is San Antonio. This is the seventh most populous city in the United States and the second in Texas, but very gentle and poetic.

Here, you can experience the city by walking, bus, horse-drawn carriage or boat. We chose to walk and after we got tired, we got on a horse cart. Riding a horse in the city with interesting things, nobles have the opportunity to feel more slowly and in more detail about San Antonio.

This city is strange. No bus, no noise. It was silently like a green river flowing in the streets and quiet with moss buildings and ancient churches. At first, we passed the San Antonio Riverwalk around the poetic Antonio line. Along the thick banks of the trees, the air is cool and fresh. On the river are yachts that take visitors gently glide away. And here again, the poetic village of La Villita attracted souls but I am sure that anyone can wander all day without being bored.

Visit the tallest building in the city, the Tower of Americas. Up the eye-opening tower that covers the whole city, it’s interesting. Come here to see the reconstruction of the Alamo battlefield right in front of the castle ruins with the artillery and battle costumes of the old soldiers.

Another peaceful realm I came to San Antonio Botanical Garden. Here the cool air, quiet space with butterfly garden, rose garden … It is surprising to know there is a garden for the blind.