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Meeting: Llabià
Airport:   Girona       Train station:   Girona
Transfer: Barcelona airport or Girona airport    Distance: 45 km / 28 miles

Pick-up from Barcelona airport at 6:00 pm or from Girona airport at 7:30 pm.
Drop off at Girona airport for 10:30 am or at Barcelona airport for noon.

Tack: English with saddlebags. Some Western saddles available.
Horses: Andalusians and Spanish-Arabian crossbreds.
Pace: Trail adapted to the riders. It has walk, trot, canter and gallop. 4-6 hours per day.
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Gallop |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2.5 to 3 out of 5)    Low Intermediate
Age: Min 16
Weight: Max 200 lbs
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 12 riders
(per riding group)
Max Capacity 48
Riding helmets are mandatory for this ride.

The whole week is from Sunday to Sunday but riders can arrive any day of the week and do any length they feel like (from 2 to 7 riding days)

Riding Experience
This trip is suitable for low intermediate riders and above. You should be able to mount and dismount unassisted, and capable of applying basic aids. For a better experience, you should feel comfortable and in control at all paces.
Riders are expected to tack up their own horses. Our guides will show you how if you are unfamiliar and will double check that tack is properly placed every day before you ride.
Depending on the number of participants, we can do 2 groups, according to the riding level: one group would be for less confident riders and the other would be for the most experienced riders.

Horses
We currently have 21 horses. They are all kept together as a herd so have developed a close bond. They are Andalusian and Spanish-Arabian crossbreds, well-trained and cared for. We work with them daily by techniques of natural dressage and Parelli to improve horse-rider communication and thus ensure a good development of the trail.

Pace
We spend on average 4-6 hours on horseback per day. The pace is adapted to the riders. We go at all paces. There are many opportunities to canter and gallop through the unspoiled nature, green valleys and beautiful medieval villages. We might need to cross a river at some point.

Weight Limit
Max 90 kg (~200lbs). We reserve the right to exceptionally check on riders weigh. Riders far over this weigh will not be able to ride.

Guides
We have 4 guides (1 per every 8 riders) who have the necessary qualifications and experience guiding groups and horses. Guides are first aid trained and always carry a first aid kit with them. Our guides are all fluent in English. If you are interested in another language, do not hesitate to ask. We may have a German or French speaking guide available.
Guides always carry a mobile phone while riding and coverage is available throughout the route.

Note: A travel insurance is required to take part in this trip!


Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all nationals referred to in the chart except:(a) 1. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.Note: EU nationals are onl. more
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Catalonia Explorer Ride
Tour Code: PR-CJSR
7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: English with saddlebags. Some Western...
Horses: Andalusians and Spanish-Arabian crossb...
Pace: Trail adapted to the riders. It has wa...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Girona
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