Beginner: A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.

Novice: A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.

Low intermediate: A rider who is in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly and is not fully confident at some paces.

Intermediate: A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly. Rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.

Advanced: All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.


We have rated horseback riding vacations rides according to the level of equitation skill and physical fitness required to participate, as well as the pace. There are always variables involved, so when in doubt about how your riding ability measures up to the rigors of a ride, call or send us an e-mail. One of our ride consultants will gladly discuss it with you. It is generally best to estimate on the conservative side, especially if you haven't ridden with us in the past. The trek guide has full authority to exclude a rider from a trip for inability to ride or behavior which endangers the other riders or the horses. No refunds will be made under these circumstances.

This is a critically important first step in choosing a riding holiday. For most of the trips you must be confident in riding cross-country on all gaits. Almost anyone can learn to ride well enough, but one must be prepared to make the effort. If you have a particular ride in mind, but do not meet the riding criteria, consider joining our training program where you can gain the necessary skills and confidence.

Unfortunately due to the safety reasons Riding in cross-country is not available for the persons under 18 years old.