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The Dartmoor Cattle Drive

The Dartmoor Cattle Drive

Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter horses, quarter horse cross, hunters
Pace: 4-5 hours riding per day
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3.5 to 5 out of 5)    Strong Intermediate
Age: Min 14 Max 65
Weight: Max 210 lbs / 95 kg
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 8 riders

Riding Level & Terrain
Riders need to be reasonably fit and at least a strong intermediate standard or better. Riders are expected to have ridden several different types of horses and can independently manage a horse’s care. Their seat is secure, they are able to control a horse at walk, trot and canter and do not apply unintentional aids to the horse when they lose balance or become unseated. They know how to rise or post to the trot and ask for and obtain a specific lead or change in lead. They are capable of riding a less experienced horse.
The terrain involves crossing streams, shallow rivers, undulating ground, up and down steep inclines, and would not be suitable for novice or inexperienced riders. 

Tack and Riding Style
We normally ride Western, however we can provide English saddles if the guests requests. Our style of riding is very much akin to ‘Natural Horsemanship’. We like riders to be relaxed and ride with soft hands.

We have a selection of fantastic Quarter Horses with calm attitude and appetite for work. All are western trained, very sure-footed and a pleasure to ride. We also have a selection of Irish hunters (some western trained some English style), all a pleasure to ride and cross the terrain with ease. Heights range from 14:3 to 16:2hh.

The guides are all local moor men or women, who know the moor well. They know where the best crossings are, and where to avoid, as there are areas where it is unsuitable for horses. Some of the guides are members the Dartmoor Rescue Group; some are range clearers for the army on the moor. All are excellent equestrians, and are first-aid trained.

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The Dartmoor Cattle Drive
Tour Code: IT-ENG02
7 days / 6 nights
Dates : May to Oct

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
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.
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.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2024 04/29 - 05/02 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Expired
A 2024 05/05 - 05/11 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Expired
A 2024 06/09 - 06/15 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2024 07/14 - 07/20 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
B 2024 07/21 - 07/24 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
B 2024 07/28 - 07/31 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2024 08/11 - 08/17 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2024 08/28 - 09/03 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
B 2024 09/24 - 09/27 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Sold Out
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter horses, quarter horse cross, h...
Pace: 4-5 hours riding per day

Airport: Exeter
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