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post #1 of 5 Old 09-29-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in other countries-share!

I kind of have a thing for riding in other countries-I've only been able to do it once, but it was such a foreign/fun experience I can't wait to do it again. I am in the US, and am so used to going for a trail ride when I am on vacation and horse sick where they don't do anything but let you walk behind a guide, I was expecting a similar thing when I signed up to go for a ride in Ireland. The sheet said "for more experienced riders you can go for a canter." Well I get to this lovely barn, they threw us up on some huge Irish cobs, and when we got to this sandy peninsula thing the guide asked if we wanted to canter. I guess in Ireland that means a flat out fast-as-you can dead gallop race. So much fun! Next on my bucket list is going somewhere tropical and swimming on horseback.

So tell your stories! Have you ever ridden out of the county? If not, what/where is your dream ride?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-29-2013, 11:11 PM
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Riding on the beach & in the surf in Manzanillo, Mexico, same beach where the movie "10" was filmed!
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waresbear- that looks awesome!! And super neat they filmed a movie there, I am jealous :p
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I got back last Sunday from a 7 day ride in County Clare, Ireland. We rode from north of Shannon to south of Lisdoonvarna on the Atlantic. Yeah, the "cantering" we did would be called a "hand gallop" here in the states.

Others on that ride told me of riding in Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and Argentina. It all sounds like fun, and a great way to see rural parts of other countries.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-30-2013, 12:45 AM
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I rode a little Cambodian pony when I was travelling there. It was a lot of fun - very responsive, fast and agile. It was just me and the guide, a girl from NZ. We rode on sandy trails through the fields to this Buddhist temple, looked around and let the horses rest and then rode back again.
However, when we cantered back along a sandy path, a cow suddently came out of the bushes at the side of the road. My horse took a huge leap to the side that I wasn't prepared for, and I came off. Wasn't bad, but it kinda freaked the guide out :P
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