Horseback riding in Connemara/Galway, Ireland

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Coast Trail Connemara

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Meeting: Galway Hotel
Airport:   Shannon       Train station:   Galway (Ceannt)
Transfer: Galway Hotel at 10:00am    Distance: 1 hr, 50 miles

Meeting is at the Meyrick Hotel in Galway at 10:00am on Day 1. Transfers to Galway are not available.
Bus and train connections from Dublin or flight straight into Shannon and taxi.
On the last day, there is an excellent bus service from Loughrea to Galway.

Tack: English and Western
Horses: Irish Hunter, Connemara, Showjumpers
Pace: Moderate with trots and canters - 4-6 hrs per day
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2.5 to 3 out of 5)    Intermediate
Age: Min 8 Max 80
Riders: Min 4 riders Max 15 riders
Riding helmets are mandatory for this ride.

Rider Requirements
Participants must be able to gather, catch, tack and untack the horses, mount and dismount unassisted.
Riders need to be comfortably at a walk, long trots, canters and short gallops, riding up and down rocky hills, for 5-6 hours a day. We also ask riders to be independent as there is little direction or instruction given while on the ride. Finally, you should be flexible; the outfitter does not run on a strict schedule
Please note there can be novice riders joining the riding group!

Your host maintains approximately 200 horses, each very fit, willing to walk out and well-suited for the terrain. These Irish Hunters and Connemara ponies of varying sizes are known over the world over for their fantastic jumping ability, gentleness, intelligence and stamina. There is a horse to suit every rider’s needs. The outfitter knows his horses well and is adept at matching horse and rider.
The horses are not groomed as they live outside during the summer. However, riders are welcome to bring a small brush if they wish to groom and tidy before riding.
The first day will take at least an hour to select horses and get organized due to the size of the group. After gathering the horses, riders are asked to select a bridle and spend a brief time speaking with the outfitter about the size, temperament and preferences for a mount. Once a horse is chosen for the rider, he is asked to lead the horse to the tack trailer, select a saddle, saddle the horse and check the stirrup length and girth tightness. At lunch stops, the horses are untacked and are released to graze. After lunch, the horses are caught and tacked.

English tack is used for this trip. There are no saddlebags available, however, there are D Rings on the front of the saddle providing loops that a rain jacket or sweater can be tied to with leather thongs, Velcro or string. Water is not provided on the trail and it is suggested that a waist pouch with a water bottle be worn.

Riding Terrain
In the mountains, riders are advised to follow the guide rather their own path. The mountains can be quite boggy and rocky and the guide has years of experience in seeking a trail through them. The same applies on the beach, please stay behind the guide so that they can set the pace and route.

Guide and Staff
Willie is the very incarnation of an Irish horseman and will be your guide during a week of trekking through the Gaelic West. Your luggage is brought by car from accommodation to accommodation, while the catering problems are taken care of by other members of the team.

This trip is not confined to horse lovers. On demand, many activities such as river fishing and deep-sea fishing, golf, cycling, mountain climbing or walking the little deserted roads, swimming etc. can be organized. Non-riders will meet their riding partners every evening to share their daily experience in the hotel pub.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all except:(a) 1. persons born in the UK travelling direct from the UK (applicable to British passport holders only).Note: Wh. more
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Coast Trail Connemara
Tour Code: IT-IRRT02C
7 days / 6 nights ~$2,210.00
Dates : May to Sept

Trip Rating :
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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Tack: English and Western
Horses: Irish Hunter, Connemara, Showjumpers
Pace: Moderate with trots and canters - 4-6 ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Shannon
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