Travel Tips

Expert travel tips for horse lovers, including preparing for your horse riding vacation, sample packing lists for dude ranch and riding vacations, “green” trail riding and more.


Solo Travelers - Join Up or Go It Alone on Riding Vacations

June 9, 2011
So you don’t have anyone to take off with you to that ranch or inn to inn ride that you’ve always dreamt about or there’s no one adventurous enough to fly with you to ride in Jordan?  Well, you’re in luck. If on your next vacation you are braving it… Read more »

Horse Riding Vacations Planning Tips

May 23, 2011
What to consider when planning riding holidays, ranch vacations and equestrian escapes by Darley Newman If you are planning an equestrian vacation, whether it’s in India, New Mexico or the next town over, you’ll want to do your research and be prepared. It’s your time to ride free and enjoy… Read more »

Family and Group Friendly Riding Holidays

May 11, 2011
Ideas for Riding Vacations Where You Can Bring Your Horse Husbands, Kids and Non-Riding Friends by Darley Newman One of my good friends recently said that when she was growing up, every family vacation revolved around horseback riding. “It was lots of fun for my dad, the one member of… Read more »

Packing Tips for Ranch Vacations Video

January 9, 2011
Equestrian Travel Expert Darley Newman Gives Packing Tips for Ranch Vacations by Equitrekking host Darley Newman Gearing up for a ranch vacation? Looking to channel your inner cowboy or just relax for some scenic trail rides?  Dude ranches, guest ranches and ranch resorts across the United States and world are… Read more »

Must Ride National Parks

February 26, 2010
by Darley Newman. Originally published in True West magazine. Bryce Canyon National Park is a place that I’ve always wanted to explore. I was fortunate to be guided by “The Kid,” a black Quarter Horse who’s ridden the Rim Trail a thousand times. That’s the kind of guide I want… Read more »

Pairing up with the Right Horse

February 25, 2010
by Darley Newman Taking a horseback ride on your next vacation? Ever thought about the horse you’ll be riding? Horses have different personalities, skills and physiques, just like people. You’ll want to convey specific information about yourself and your riding level in order to get paired up with the right… Read more »

Riding on a Budget

February 25, 2010
by Darley Newman Horseback riding can be expensive hobby, especially if you are a horse owner. However there are ways to enjoy your equine friends and ride on a budget. Volunteer: Help out at your local stables. Even if you are new to the equestrian world, a therapeutic riding program… Read more »

Riding Vacation Options

February 25, 2010
by Darley Newman When researching different options for your riding vacation, begin narrowing your choices by thinking about what type of vacation you are seeking. Are looking for an American ranch, an exotic, international safari or a relaxing spa escape that allows you to ride as much or little as… Read more »

Winter Riding Tips

February 25, 2010
Dashing Through the Snow by Darley Newman. Originally published in True West magazine. Just because winter is here doesn’t mean that you have to say good-bye to riding. In the right conditions and with the right gear, you can enjoy the crisp outdoors and have your own “dashing through the… Read more »

Ride Green: Eco-friendly Trail Riding

February 25, 2010
by Darley Newman. Originally published in True West magazine. Don’t consider yourself an environmentalist? If you’re a trail rider, you’re more eco-friendly than you realize. Horseback riding is an environmentally friendly way to discover a destination. Horses may make noise as their hooves crunch over leaves that have blown onto… Read more »