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Idyllic Horse Vacations

Maybe your idea of an ideal horse holiday is roughing it by sleeping in a rustic cabin and spending 12 hours in the saddle at a working cattle ranch.  How about a pack train in the Rockies; traveling for miles and camping out each night under the stars?  Perhaps you dream of leisurely morning or evening trail rides while enjoying all the amenities of a luxury hotel.  Or maybe you want to explore the world on horseback!


Whatever your preference, there is bound to be a guest ranch or equine travel adventure somewhere that will meet all your requirements and is sure to please.  Some guest ranches cater to adults only, while others welcome entire families and offer fishing, hiking, canoeing, swimming, camping, and special activities for the kids.  


A few guest ranches even offer riding clinics where you can fine tune your riding skills.  If you have brought your own horse, this can be especially beneficial for both of you.  Often, for a small fee (as low as $30.00 in some cases) and sometimes even for free, you can turn your horse out into a corral (on a first come first served basis), or set up a portable pen if you bring your own fencing panels.  Usually, you must provide your own feed.  (certified weed-free hay and straw)


Guest Ranch Rates in the United States can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 (based on double occupancy) depending on the accommodations, the location, the length of the stay, and the activities offered. Almost all guest ranches will offer spectacular scenery, clean accommodations, wholesome and sometimes gourmet meals, provide you with one of the ranch horses to ride, and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.  


If you are traveling abroad, established tour providers are your safest bet, because they've done the research for you. However, if you are a smart consumer who asks a lot of questions and gets any details in writing before you head off into the great unknown, you too can have an idyllic horse vacation limited only by your imagination and the size of your pocket book.


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