Riding Clinic in Southwestern France

Landes France: (IT-FRAN05)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_landes_clinic.aspx

Introduction
Landes France
The objective of this clinic is to make horseback riding accessible to everybody and to introduce the basic skills needed to make any rider autonomous and confident. We also want to show that, with a few indispensable riding notions, trail riding is a beautiful way to discover surrounding natural environments in complete safety.

We teach people how to catch horses in their paddocks, as well as how to tack and take care of them. We also introduce our guests to the psychology and the basic behaviour of horses in different kind of situations. By the end of the week, riders should be able to walk, trot (rising), and canter independently.

Our Equestrian school has developed an accelerated learning method, allowing complete beginners to enjoy the pleasure of riding outdoors in just one week! This is also made possible thanks to our wonderful and well-trained horses.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a stationary ride, so you will be staying at the same location every night.

Description
You will be staying at the guesthouse beside the riding center. We can accommodate up to 17 people total.
Our guesthouse is divided into 3 buildings:
- the main guesthouse building has 4 bedrooms with ensuite facilities.
- the guesthouse's annex building has a big dormitory (capacity of 4-7 people) and 2 shared bathrooms
- the family guesthouse has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom
The guesthouse has an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi access. Laundry can be done for an extra fee.



It is possible to add yoga classes, a relaxing massage or a sauna session for an extra fee, paid locally (please inquire).
In addition, from mid-April to the end of September, free yoga sessions can be arranged every morning between 7:30 and 8:00 am (minimum 3 pax needed).

If we do not have enough space, riders will stay in a hotel in Mimizan Beach or at another guesthouse close to the riding center.

Room Occupancy
We charge a single supplement fee for solo travelers not willing to share a room with another rider.
If you would like to guarantee a double/ twin/ single room, additional costs apply.



Meals
This package includes half-board (breakfasts and dinners).

Breakfast is served at the guesthouse before we head out on our rides.
Dinners are served either at the guesthouse or at local restaurants. We try to offer as much variety to guests as possible.

You can choose to pay for lunches locally (about 26 euros) or you can upgrade to full board for an extra fee.

1/4 litre of wine or soda and coffee is provided during dinners. Other drinks need to be purchased locally.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


In order to take part in this program, no previous riding experience is required. However, participants need to be in good physical shape in order to make the most of their stay! 

Horses 
We have 30 horses (mostly Anglo-Arabs) and 5 ponies. Most of them are born in our family farm.
Beauty, blood, intelligence, frankness, kindness, and generosity are the essential qualities we seek in the choice of our horses. Our horses are safe, brave and easygoing; well trained and very well-balanced. They horses live in herds in the outdoors. We take great care in providing horses with a good quality of life.

Staff
Guidance is guaranteed by qualified /certified equestrian guide of tourism (French professional certification: A.T.E., CQP ASA or BPJEPS Tourisme Équestre) having good regional knowledge and willing to let you discover the beauty of this area.

Children
Participants as young as 10 years old can join the ride as long as they are accompanied by an adult. From 15 years old, participants are welcome to join the ride non-accompanied. There are no discounts for children.

Itinerary


This program runs all year round from Sunday to Sunday.

Our clinic mixes theory lessons and riding lessons:
- Theory lessons are designed to teach most common horse behaviours so that you can get a better understanding of your new four-legged partner.
- Riding lessons focus on teaching how to stay in control of the horse at any pace and individually (without following other riders from the group). 

The clinic will also teach you how to take care of your horse (cleaning, brushing, taking, catching the horse in the paddock...) to reinforce the bond and be able to gain independence. You will be responsible for your horse before and after each riding session.


The program includes 5 days at the riding school or hacking in its close surroundings. Each day, you get two sessions of riding lessons (about 2 hour-long) and about 3 hours of theory lessons (including time to take care of your horse before and after riding lessons).
Your first riding lesson starts with the basics in the arena and ends by a short trail ride in the forest
Then, most lessons take place outdoors in order to help participants be prepared in any situation they may find while hacking.
During the week, we also give one basic jumping lesson: how to approach a jump (in the arena). 
The last riding day, we go on a full day ride to discover the area surrounding the riding center.

By the end of the week, participants of this program are able to canter alone on the beach with a good control of their balance and their horse.

In case you want private lessons, the supplement needs to be paid in advance. Keep in mind that the lessons taken in the arena will be private but you will still join the group when going outdoors (different groups are created depending on rider level).



Non-Riding activities:
- Tennis
- Bicycle
- Swimming pool
- Numerous water sports 


Rates and Dates for Riding Clinic in Southwestern France

Rates include:

Accommodation in shared rooms (3-4 riders per room), Half-board (including 1/4 litre of wine or soda and coffee is provided during dinners) & 6 riding days
The riding center provides helmet, sticks and chaps on request

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20218 day trip - High season€1270$1510
    • Double/ twin bedroom supplement, pp€105$125
      Single supplement (requested)€210$250
      Non-rider rate in shared room (half board)€685$815
  • B
    20218 day trip - Mid season€1150$1370
    • Double/ twin bedroom supplement, pp€70$85
      Single supplement (requested)€170$200
      Non-rider rate in shared room (half board)€600$715
  • C
    20218 day trip - Low season€1095$1305
    • Double/ twin bedroom - no supplement€0$0
      Single supplement (requested)€105$125
      Non-rider rate in shared room (half board)€575$685
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfer from Bordeaux airport or train station (return, pp)
- to be paid locally
90 $110
2021 Pick-from from Morcenx train station on Day 2 (1 pax only)
- to be paid locally
35 $45
2021 Pick-from from Morcenx train station on Day 2 (2+ pax), per car
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
20 $25
2021 Private lessons for the week 200 $240
2021 Full board supplement 170 $100

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2021 01/01 - 04/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 1 /6 Reserve
B 2021 05/01 - 06/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Mid season 1 /6 Reserve
A 2021 07/01 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - High season 1 /6 Reserve
B 2021 09/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Mid season 1 /6 Reserve
C 2021 11/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 1 /6 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Lunches, Extra drinks, Gratuities & Transfers from/to Bordeaux or Morcenx

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Riding Clinic in Southwestern France (IT-FRAN05):

For clients whose booking is affected by restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, we offer the option to postpone their trip to a later date in 2021  (season price difference needs to be paid).

Masks are mandatory except while on horseback. We provide gel.
We currently take groups no bigger than 6 pax.
Maximum of 5 international riders per departure at the condition that they are ok with postponing in case travel restrictions prevent them from travelling.



For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Mimizan
Airport: Bordeaux
Transfer: Bordeaux airport

Climate:
                                            Mont-de-Marsan area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

11

13

16

18

22

25

28

28

25

20

14

11

Average Low Temperature (°F)

1

2

4

6

10

13

15

15

11

8

4

2

Average High Temperature (°C)

51

55

61

65

71

78

82

82

77

68

58

52

Average Low Temperature (°C)

34

35

39

42

49

55

59

58

52

47

40

36

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

11

9

9

10

10

7

6

6

6

9

10

10

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The Landes climate could be classified as oceanic-temperate, with moderate temperatures in both winter and summer. There are on average 2,000 hours of sunshine per annum. The nearby Atlantic Ocean has a major effect on the difference between day and night temperatures. You should be expecting cool nights, even in the summertime.

The best time to visit is between April and October, excluding the months of July and August which can get very crowded and hot. June is a very good time to visit, while September and October are also good months to visit. Winters tend to be wet and mild.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

Comfortable riding jeans or jodphurs

Riding boots (short) + Minichaps

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Shorts

Underwear and socks

Pyjamas

Bag for dirty clothes

Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes

Swimsuit

 

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Sleeping bag (July and August only)

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for an emergency)

Flashlight

Handkerchiefs

Adapter for electric appliances

Camera and enough extra films and batteries

Belt pack

Address book and pen (for postcards!)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm  


Sheets and towels are provided at the guesthouse. The riding center provides saddle bags.