International Travel

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Discover Kenya by Horseback

We take you to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya with the riding-tour operator Offbeat Safaris. Gallop among the reserve?s abundant wildlife.

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Canadian Getaway for Trail Riders

Wild Deuce Retreats & Outfitting is 45 minutes from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and just over three hours from Calgary. It offers everything from day rides to women?s retreats, horsemanship clinics, and wilderness pack trips. It also holds an annual Working Mountain Horse Competition and Sale. Its scenic trail system encompasses more than 340 square miles, which take in the picturesque Clearwater and Ram Rivers.

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Explore Kananaskis Country

Take a five-day pack trip into Alberta?s pristine wilderness with Dave Paup, and experience nature in its purest form, in Kananaskis Country.

Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore rides in Botswana's Okavango Delta with giraffe in the background. | © Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

African Horse Safari Packing and Contact Lists

Practical Horseman's managing editor Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore gives you guidelines for African horse safari trip preparations and a packing list for your (very small) suitcase.

African buffalo with treed lioness in upper right corner of photo | All photos © Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

African Horse Safari, Part 5: Hidden in the Trees

Practical Horseman's managing editor Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore experiences a rare sighting on horse safari in Botswana, Africa.

Taking a break in front of a baobab tree in the Okavango Delta | ? Paul Swart/Natural Migrations

African Horse Safari, Part 4: The Elephant in My Living Room

Practical Horseman's managing editor Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore gets up close and personal with elephants on horse safari in Botswana, Africa.

Flying over the Okavango Delta | All photos © Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

African Horse Safari, Part 3: Delta Dreaming

Practical Horseman's managing editor Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore flies to the Okavango Delta area in the Kalahari Desert on horse safari in Botswana, Africa.

Adult lion in Mashatu | All photos © Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

African Horse Safari, Part 2: Big Cats

Practical Horseman's managing editor Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore tracks big cats and rides her first cross-country course on horse safari in Botswana, Africa.

Riding in Botswana with Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris | All photos © Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

African Horse Safari, Part 1: Bush Magic

Practical Horseman's managing editor Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore goes on horse safari in Botswana, Africa.

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Wild Ride at Wild Deuce

Our intrepid photojournalist heads to Canada's Rocky Mountains for a Women's Retreat Ride at Wild Deuce Retreats & Outfitting in Alberta.

The horses at the ranch in Costa Maya, Mexico, relax under the shade of the trees. | © 2007 Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

Riding Vacation in Paradise, Part 2

A tour by horseback in an unspoiled Mexican village makes for a perfect way to see the jungle and learn about the country's Mayan history.

View from the top of the trail at the Amatique Bay Resort in Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. | © 2007 Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

Riding Vacation in Paradise - Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala

Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore, managing editor of Practical Horseman magazine, reports on a trail ride she took at Amatique Bay Resort, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.

Riding in Ireland: What to Wear

Going on an equestrian holiday in Ireland? Here are some tips on what to pack from the experts at Dover Saddlery and Horseware Ireland.

Janice (l) and Jessica (r) clear the last cross country jump together | Photo by Maria Guttridge

Riding Vacation in Italy: Day 6

In her final postcard from Italy, Janice Booth participates in an exciting drag hunt through the beautiful Italian countryside.

The hounds, Jessica and Janice | Photo by Maria Guttridge

Riding Vacation in Italy: Day 5

Janice Booth prepares for Friday's hunt and enjoys one last hack with her horse Enigma on her riding vacation in Italy.

Horse motif on the Trevi Fountain in Rome | Photo by Janice Booth

Riding Vacation in Italy: Day 4

On her fourth day of vacation, Janice Booth and her fellow riders venture to Rome for a day of sightseeing and rest for their weary riding muscles.

Riders canter up a hill outside of Rome. | Photo by Janice Booth

Riding Vacation Italy: Day 3

Despite the bitter cold, Janice Booth finds time to enjoy the beautiful countryside and even attempt a few cross-country jumps in her third dispatch from her riding vacation in Italy.

Janice Booth conquers her fear of jumping. | Photo by Stacey Adams

Riding Vacation in Italy: Day 2

Janice Booth overcomes her fear of jumping and indulges in an extravagant Valentine's Day dinner on the second day of her riding vacation in Italy.

Riders rest by Lake Bracciano in Italy. | Photo by Janice Booth

Riding Vacation in Italy: Day 1

In her first postcard from the romantic countryside outside of Rome, Janice Booth reports to the stables and gets acquainted with her fellow travelers.

Patricia Stuart and her 3-year-old, 17-hand Dutch Warmblood mare, Ubet | Photo courtesy of Patricia Stuart

Discovering Dressage (Again) in Portugal

After hip surgery, a dressage rider unexpectedly finds the way back to her former self during a Cross Country International trip to Portugal.

Melissa Birks with Koula. The Greek ride was Melissa's third European equestrian journey, following France in 2002 and Italy in 2003. All were organized through Cross Country International. | Photo by Antonis Potamitis

Travel Greece's Ionian Sea Trail on Horseback

Join columnist Melissa Birks as she discovers the Greek way of life from horseback on an Ionian Sea trail ride.

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Riding Vacation in France: Day 5

Au revoir (sob!): Kathryn O'Brien nears the end of her magical ride through the Loire Valley, with some lively canters and a visit to a charming French winery.

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Riding Vacation in France: Day 4

Kathryn O'Brien picks up "excess luggage" as she continues to enjoy the French cuisine and souvenir shops on her riding trip through the Loire Valley region.

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Riding Vacation in France: Day 3

Kathryn O'Brien out-gallops a thunderstorm and learns of buried treasure that dates back to 1658 on the third day of her riding trip through France's Loire Valley.