Welcome to the wonderful world of riders in the heart of Bulgaria.
Here you can find a combination between the magnificent nature and the outstanding couple: The rider and the horse. And the ultimate riding adventure is for us an achievement. It is our aim to give you the chance to meet the fantastic harmony between nature, horse and rider. In our 2 riding bases we build up the possibilities to this unique experience.
Riding with us is dedicated to you, if you love to hear and follow the pulse of the nature and if you are keen in adventures then ride out with us. You don’t need to be a champion, to be professional rider or riding master. You don’t need to know all about horses and horse terminology. But you need to be in a position of natural curiosity, in good physical condition and your health must be in a shape fitting the challenges. You know what’s up and down on a saddle and you have been riding before. You are impatient about spending the days in the mountains with the horses. Exactly how experienced and how ”good” you have to be, how old etc. we think you have to answer these questions yourself. On the other hand we love to inform you about our horses, about the riding in the nature, about the people behind – about the adventure we can offer you and how we arrange our riding. We are sure it’s the right way to do it.
In general we prefer rather small groups and we even ride out on some of the tours when we have 2 riders in a group. It’s not necessary to be 2 riders booking up for the same tour at the same time – we are collecting the groups. We prefer to have maximum 8 riders on the same tour.
When you have decided which tour you would like to take part in we need more personal details about you: Age, high, weight, experience and some information about your expectations. We use this to prepare your tour. We are doing this in order to find the best combination between our horses and the riders during the week, which hopefully will be an unforgettable experience to you.
On our rides there is a weight limit of 14,2 stone (approx. 90 kgs). If your weight is over the limit and if your weight changes significantly prior to your holiday you must contact Riding base Balkan. Sometimes it doesn't mean that you can't participate, but you need an acceptance from Riding base Balkan in advance.
The horses in Riding base Balkan
First and foremost we ride the local race East Bulgarian horses and crosses between East Bulgarians and Arabian Full blood. The East Bulgarian breed is well known as tough, thoughtful and wise, and in harmony with the famous strength and power of the Arabian it gives a combination that fully satisfies the riders and the challenges in the nature. We work with healthy horses, we are taking good care of them and of course they are used to the mountains and the several of terrains the daily riding is going through. Our horses know exactly where it’s preferable to walk along the mountain and where it’s preferable to walk directly over a hillside. Our horses are in average of 160cm.
Horse welfare and quality in riding are concepts discussed all over the world. We are very interested in quality in the fodder and for instance we are not afraid of driving several hundred km to buy up the right hay. We book up the horses after a clever system. The main point in this system is giving the horses days off, in order to secure that they are always ready to be on tour with our riders. That’s just some of our viewpoints and we have more than these. Another point of ours is that we use a Bulgarian way of the philosophy about horsemanship. With no technical details it is our way of following the natural behavior of the horse and building up and maintaining safe and secure conditions for our horses. It’s a process taking place every day regardless the tours in the surroundings and the trails over the mountains… that is the seed of the real adventure.
The riding guides
The riding guides together with the horses are the foundation in all tours. They are together all over the year; our guides know the funniest details about the horses, they know exactly what they can expect of each horse and they know the mountains like the back of one’s hand. Some of them speaks English others German. Before you ride out, the riding guides explain to all riders the commandos used during the ride.
All our riding guides are grown up in the mountains with horses as a natural part of their daily life. Some of them have an agricultural education with horses as a specialty – others are autodidact. The common between all people around the horses is, that we think it’s nice to be with the horses, around the horses and that we all should have a nice time together.
The riding guides are always with the riders in the country and no one is riding out on her or his own. The riding guides in the mountain are almost as a captain of a ship; they are taking the final decision, they decide the speed (in cooperation with you and the rest of the group) and make the course. But the captain is a good captain, having a satisfied crew and happy passengers only if he’s able to combine everything needed to return safely into port in the right way. That’s why the cooperation in the country is carried out in a reasonable collaboration between all parts involved.
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