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HI Spy: What's Your Dream Equestrian Vacation?

If time and money were no object, what kind of horsey holiday would you take?

5-Jan-11

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Riding on the beachIn the dead of winter, when your horse is a hairy beast, the sky is gray and your usual riding spots are covered in ice, it's only natural to daydream about taking a vacation to somewhere else.

There are lots of options for equestrian vacations. If you long for white sandy beaches and fruity drinks in the sun, tropical beach riding vacations are probably for you. If you want to combine an educational experience with hours in the saddle, a cross-country ride through historic European sites might pique your interest. For some horse owners, sitting around and relaxing sounds boring, but spending a week on a working cattle ranch would be the trip of a lifetime.

Other vacation options incorporate training and instruction into your schedule so that you can return home a better rider than you left. You can even take your horse along on some holidays, whether you're horse camping, training, or just trailering out for some backcountry riding.

If you could plan the equestrian vacation of your dreams, what would it be? Click "Submit a Comment" below to share your thoughts. Some responses may be published in an upcoming issue of Horse Illustrated.

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Mikayla    Gainsville, MO

4/4/2012 12:19:38 PM

my dream vacation is to drive coast to coast with my horse in the trailer, and spend several days in each state I pass through with Ruby and me checking out the local trails.

NOYB    Who Cares, IN

11/20/2011 7:11:04 PM

I would love to go out west and do like a 3-day camping trip with horses! That would be awesome!

Liz    Kingston, OK

11/15/2011 10:22:03 PM

It's always been a dream of mine to take lessons at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez Spain. I may as well dream big! Then my second choice would be to take my horse across the great United States and ride all the beautiful places! Nothing like seeing a region by horseback!

Cindy    Bowling Green, FL

9/14/2011 8:32:29 AM

I would love to pack my horses and ride across America!! There are so many beautiful places to see that you can't find by car!! Over the mountains and across the plains from sea to shining sea!!

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