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Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains


Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains


Tack: English with saddlebag
Horses: Pura Raza Española PRE (14), Pure Hispano-Arab (4), Anglo-arab (1), 2 Crossed (hispano-bretón, hispano-lusitano)
Pace: Moderate with extended trots and controlled canters. 6 hrs per riding day.
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 to 3 out of 5)    Intermediate
Age: Min 8
Weight: Max 90 Kgs / 198 Lbs
Riders: Min 4 riders Max 10 riders

Option A: Gredos to Salamanca Ride - 6 riding days (approx. 180 km total).
Option B: Castles of Gredos Mountains - 5 or 6 riding days (approx. 150-180 km total).
Option C: Valleys of Gredos - 5 riding days (approx. 150 km total).
Option D: Pristine Waters of Gredos - 5 riding days (approx. 150 km total).

Riding Schedule
On a normal day, we start riding at 10am, after a well-deserved rest and a good breakfast. Participants are encouraged in helping with the preparation of the horses. Usually, we need to catch the horses from the fields where they have spent the night, feed them, brush them and saddle them up before breakfast.
In the morning, you will ride about 4 hours with a short tapas-break (Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. and something to drink) in the middle of the morning (usually around noon). After the break, we ride to the lunch place. A luxury picnic is waiting for us in the quietest and most beautiful spot. The stop for lunch is about 2 hours long, with time to enjoy the pic-nic and little siesta after lunch.
In the afternoon, we ride for about 2 hours until we get to our accommodation.

Riding Experience
These trips have been designed for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be comfortable at the walk, trot and canter, in group, in open spaces and your seat should be firm. On the rides, you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as riding fit as possible.

Pace
The overall pace of riding is moderate with walk, trots and canters mostly every day. Usually, when the terrain allows for a safe canter, we canter. In the mountains, in many areas the terrain does not allow for trotting or cantering so we enjoy walking with breathtaking views around.
The distance covered on the average is 25-35 km per day. We usually spend about 6 hours in the saddle every riding day.

Tack
We use fine quality English saddles and silicon seat saver. All the tack is in excellent conditions, very comfortable for horses and riders. You have small saddlebags in front of the saddles for a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, mobile, etc.

Support Vehicle
A support van follows the group during the whole week, meeting us in the morning, for tapas-breaks, lunches, at night and to move your luggage. This means you have access to your luggage at least 3 times a day.

Horses
We currently have 21 horses: 14 PRE, 4 Pure Hispano-Arab, 1 Anglo-Arab and 2 Crossed (hispano-bretón, hispano-lusitano).
Our horses are responsive, well behave, good natured and serene thanks to the natural horsemanship method used to train them.
Most of our horses were born and bred at home while others have been with us since they were foals.
They live in freedom as a herd, eating, drinking, sleeping and traveling together in the most natural way possible.
They live in a huge pine forest (500 ha) in the Gredos Mountains or in the rich pastures in the Dehesas of Extremadura. They keep fit as they can walk around 20 km every day. They live with other groups of animals including other horses, donkeys, cows and also wild animals such as wolves, roe deer, deer, wild boar, foxes.

Staff
Emilio and Mamen (both born in Gredos Mountains) will be personally escorting you on these trips. Emilio will happily guide you across the trails, while Mamen will be preparing delicious meals and pic-nics.
Emilio has been working in equestrian tourism for over 30 years and he dedicated his whole life to his horses. He speaks English and Spanish.

Age Restrictions
There is no upper age limit, as long as you are riding fit and healthy. The minimum riding age is 10 years old (competent riders only), accompanied by an adult.

Travel Insurance
It is mandatory to take a travel insurance for this trip! If you come from Europe, you should bring the European Health card, this gives you access to Spanish health care.

Non-Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. They can travel in the support car and join in meals, dinners and others activities, or if they wish, they can rent a car and move on their own, joining the group for dinner.
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Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains
Tour Code: IT-SPGRE1
7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
Dates : March to Oct

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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
C 2019 08/18 - 08/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
B 2019 08/25 - 09/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
A 2019 09/08 - 09/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP The Gredos Sa... 4 /10 Expired
D 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Valleys of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
C 2019 09/22 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
C 2019 10/20 - 10/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
D 2019 11/10 - 11/16 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Valleys of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
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Tack: English with saddlebag
Horses: Pura Raza Española PRE (14), Pure Hisp...
Pace: Moderate with extended trots and contr...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Madrid
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