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Black Mountains Trail


Black Mountains Trail


Tack: English endurance saddles with saddle bags
Horses: Welsh Cobs, Irish, some thoroughbred
Pace: Medium with long canters. 4 to 7 hours in the saddle each riding day
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Gallop | Jumps |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2.5 to 5 out of 5)    low intermediate
Age: Min 13
Weight: Max 180 lbs
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 12 riders


Riding Experience

This trail is suitable for low intermediate riders and above, as we have lots of flexibility to change routes and horses during the week. Some guests also choose to take a day or half-day off from riding, and visit one of the local towns (Hay-on-Wye is always popular for bookshop browsing!).

Riding Terrain & Pace
The terrain is varied and includes open moor-land, thick forests, picturesque country lanes and narrow mountain ridges. There is plenty of opportunity for fast canters and gallops, and even the chance to jump logs and ditches - all optional of course! Each of the 5 riding days, we ride different trails, usually between 8 and 15 miles a day (4-7 hours), stopping for lunch at village inns or remote picnic sites high up in the Black Mountains.

Horses
There is a herd of about 30 Welsh cobs and crosses, the majority of which have been bred here on the farm. Horses are selected for temperament and character. Size ranges from 14 to 16 hands. We breed and break our own replacement stock, and every year several youngsters join the riding stock. The horses are very reliable, friendly and sure-footed, guaranteed to give you an excellent ride. Compact, intelligent and strong, they are ideally suited to the hills and mountains of the area.
Guests are invited to take part in catching, grooming, and tacking up the horses, and are encouraged to develop a relationship with their horse.

Guides
Paul practically grew up on a horse, was leading rides from an early age. He guides the majority of the rides throughout the summer on his darling, Blondie. His unique knowledge of the local area, routes, ground condition and weather patterns enable him to choose the best way to go each day.
We also have a small team of other guides, all of whom have been trained up personally by Paul, and are briefed thoroughly by him each morning before they set out with their group.

Non-Riders
Non-riding partners are also welcome and can enjoy the fantastic walking or biking right from the door, and can even meet the riding group at the pub for lunch for a more sociable experience!
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Black Mountains Trail
Tour Code: IT-WARS
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,230.00
Dates : April - Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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 2021 04/25 - 04/30 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /12 Expired
A 2021 05/16 - 05/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /12 Expired
A 2021 06/12 - 06/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /12 Expired
B 2021 06/13 - 06/18 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /12 Expired
B 2021 07/04 - 07/09 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 07/17 - 07/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 07/31 - 08/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 09/11 - 09/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
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Tack: English endurance saddles with saddle ...
Horses: Welsh Cobs, Irish, some thoroughbred
Pace: Medium with long canters. 4 to 7 hours...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop, Jumps
Airport: London
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