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Patricia Vergnol organises horse rides and saddleback trips along many of the trails she knows so well here, to discover some of the Auvergne's natural sites, combining gentle trotting with exciting rides. The Auvergne welcomes all horse riding enthusiasts whether beginners or experienced, offering everyone an unrivalled sense of freedom. Patricia, (who is also the owner of a gîte in the Sancy area), presents some of her favourite attractions and tips for a successful riding holiday in the Auvergne.
When horse lovers visit the Auvergne, they often tell us "I'd like to ride on the volcanoes!". This kind of trip is unique to the Auvergne. Sometimes, you can even go inside the craters on horseback! Riding across the volcanoes is a classic horseback activity in the Auvergne.
During a three-hour horse ride, you can discover mountainous landscapes, peaks, or jagged terrain which is nevertheless practicable with touring horses. You will find grassy, high altitude slopes and large plateaus where riders can set off for a gallop. Ideal sites include the Fontaine Salée Valley at the foot of the Sancy range, the Tronçais Forest, the Puy Mary and the great plateaus of the Haute-Loire.
Throughout the Auvergne, horse riding trails have been laid out and signposted in orange. Tourists on horseback can discover a range of riding trails and gîtes especially suited to their journeys. They can undertake their trip without a guide, with their own horses, and can head off alone to discover the Auvergne. These horse riding trails enable independent riders to explore the Auvergne in total freedom.
A pony can be an excellent compromise when you're looking to take your family out on horseback. The kids are saddled up on small ponies and everything is set for a great family day out.
Equestrian tourist centres offer stays and activities especially for children and teenagers.
Throughout the day, you'll be discovering breathtaking landscapes not to mention local flora, chamois and mouflons...
Owner of a gite and horse riding facilities