All our experience has shown us that the best riding equipment is the western style. We use only American equipment: Saddles – for instance the flexible Equiflex saddle, protecting the backs of our horses the best possible way, pads, bits etc. We ride with normal bits. Don’t worry even if you haven’t tried to ride in a western saddle – in a few minutes you’ll feel at home. Believe us! We have seen it many times. Saddle bags you will find in the riding bases.
On all trails and trekking tours luggage transportation is included and you have the possibility to use the saddle bags for dry socks, your camera, your drinking jar and may be some ”sweets” for the horse.
You must bring all your personal equipment: Shoes/boots, pants – and maybe chaps, riding cap/ hat etc. Don’t bring spurs and horsewhip – you don’t need it.
Riding on horseback
In both riding bases and regardless to the tour you’re participating in we have a fixed arrival procedure and we really make an effort of the first “meeting” between the horse and the rider. We think it is incredibly important to find the best chemistry between the two, who will become friends. That’s why the first meeting has to take place in a good atmosphere where rider and horse has the time to take a look at each other. Usually you use a few hours to get acquainted with the horse and to try yourself on the horseback before you start the long rides in the open country.
Riding possibilities –riding adventures
Only vocabulary and imagination are limiting the possibilities for exceptional riding experiences. Everything begins in our riding centres in the heart of Bulgaria:
Riding base ”Balkan” is our main base during all the year and Riding base ”The Valley of Roses” is our summer base. From both centres you can ride out in enormous areas of untouched nature. You live in the same house during the stay and ride out every day – usually 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Exact number of hours depends on several things such as the weather for instance. If you choose to stay in our centres you will experience the most varying riding and you will have the possibility to try all facets of what we mean by nature riding.
Balkan Trail is the name of our classical trail over two mountains: First we ride over the Balkan range “ Stara Planina” in Bulgarian and then we pass her younger brother “The Sredna Gora” Mountains. We ride in more than 2000 m over sea level through an enormous National park and a small mountain village. We ride through the valley of roses to a small unique village. In these surroundings we have a full day for some activities that also are a part of our riding adventure: Riding out in the local community, looking around and enjoying life. You also can use the day to ride out and play with horses in the most fantastic meadows and glades. After this adventure we continue north through another trail in direction Apriltsi. After one overnight the horses and riders are back in Northern Bulgaria where it all started one week ago.
No matter the tour – our motto is the same: