Holidays on Horse Farms in Austria
Saddle Your Horse, Get Set, Go!
It smells of saddle grease and stables. Holly, the pony, cranes her neck inquisitively, pricking her downy ears. Two dark brown eyes and a soft neighing say a welcoming “hello”. Here, on our certified horse farms in Austria, you’ll find your favourite horse to cuddle and to go for a ride with. Or you can just bring your own! On our horse farms, the trained farmers have all the riding equipment you need.
Some of our farmers have proven to be skilled “horse whisperers”. Advanced horse riders will also benefit from the knowledge of those who are spending the whole day side by side with these fascinating animals, 365 days a year. Horsemanship - the ability to create a respectful and fair partnership between the horse and the rider, is more than just a term here, on a horse farm. Be prepared to listen, sense, use body language - and get inspired!
A Good feeling for horses
At the horse riding therapeutic centre Hippo-Campus, guests find an oasis of well-being. Riders and non-riders can enjoy their holiday in Lower Austria with the horses that live on the farm. Riding lessons and guided rides in nature are the perfect activity. It comes naturally that riders and those sensitive animals create a bond. Horse farmer Manuela Werny tells us that she has found inner peace in her connection with the horses: "Spending time with my horse, riding - that was my way to relax."
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Horse riding lessons
Certified riding instructors will show you how
Saddle and bridle are waiting for you!
YOUR horse to saddle and cuddle with
Your horse is pawing the ground, you’re sitting tall in the saddle and off you go. Today, you’re leaving the pasture behind. Let’s hit the woods! It’s time for a ride in a group. You’re letting your eyes wander ... there’s nature all around. Mountains, fields or lakes are the perfect backdrop for your ride. The morning sun is caressing your skin. You’re feeling the connection with “your” horse grow with every step the two of you take. Children are laughing happily next to you. And you know: This is one of those precious moments that you will take home from your holiday. There’s a good reason for the old saying: “The greatest happiness is being on horseback!”
And the best thing is: Horse riding is a sport that’s revitalising your soul and your body alike. You’re getting some exercise outdoors, you’re training your muscles and - miraculously - you’re fully relaxed in an instant. In the evening, you’re sitting at the dining table, hungry. There’s nothing better than enjoying locally grown and healthy food after such an exciting day. Recreation at its best!
Yippee! Are you also dreaming of casually shoving your cowboy hat back as you’re chewing on a piece of straw every now and then? Would you like to attach the spurs to your boots in the morning and blow your harmonica next to the campfire in the evening? Well, you can make these dreams come true. Simply choose a horse farm that offers western riding for your next holiday.
Western riding is a special style of horse riding. It has evolved to meet the working needs of the cowboy. The rider holds the reins in one hand only (or not at all). Leg pressure is used to give commands. That’s what makes the special appeal that we know and love from the Western movies. Doing it to perfection is an extremely demanding goal as the Western style involves precise stops and turns. After all, these were necessary skills to round up the cattle.
Feel the Connection
Horses are greatly sensitive animals. Plus, they are considered as real masters at helping humans build social skills. Plus, they are the best psychologists when it’s about overcoming insecurities. That’s why therapeutic horseback riding is a success story. The horses on our horse farms have been carefully selected. They are patient, sensitive and each one has an individual character. A strong connection is about to develop between the rider and the horse.
Feel deeply connected with “your” horse as you’re riding in the hall, on the paddock or in the great outdoors. It won’t take long until your companion with four legs becomes your best friend. Nobody can take this incredible feeling of togetherness away from you - it’s unique.
So, whether you’d like to revive an old friendship from last year’s holiday or make new, precious friends - a holiday on a horse farm is sustainable, not only in an ecological sense.
BE PART OF FARM LIFE - PITCH IN IN THE STABLES
That’s also part of the deal and you will enjoy it: Grooming, mucking out, picking out the hooves, feeding. That’s how a day on the horse farm starts. Get involved and learn about the daily work on the farm. Help to take care of the ponies and Haflinger horses and lend a hand when everything is set up for the riding lessons. Especially children are dedicated and excited helpers in the stables. What an awesome experience!
Of course, there’s also time to cuddle. Horses are always happy to get a bit of tender loving care. They will give you so much in return. Listen how the pony’s snorting happily as it’s rubbing its head against your shoulder. What a magical moment! Take a walk with Bella, the dog, or pay the little kittens a visit in the barn.
Fun for Everyone
For ages, mum has been going into raptures over the “horse crazy phase” in her teens. Reviving those memories and inspiring the rest of the family with her passion for horse riding is her greatest wish.
Why don’t you give it a try? Perhaps, you’ll discover a new common hobby? An adventure is waiting for you at our horse farms in Austria. Stroking ponies or riding in the great outdoors - every family member can make his or her horse dream come true! Equestrian vaulting, group rides, horse-drawn carriages or simply admiring these elegant animals and peeking into the stables - a holiday on a horse farm is the place to be. Of course, you’ll also get to enjoy the “standard” benefits of a farm holiday: healthy and locally grown food, unspoiled nature, outdoor activities and relaxation. Look forward to fun family bonding activities and some quality me-time.
Services on the Horse Farm
RIDING LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED LEARNERS
In the riding hall, horses are snorting and children are beaming with joy. Suspense is building up. Soon, the little ones are assigned their favourite horse. The first riding lesson starts.
Whether you’re a child, a teenager or an adult, a beginner or an advanced rider: on our horse farms in Austria, every horse lover will find a horse that suits his or her needs and tailor-made riding lessons. You’re also in good hands on the horse farm if you need to refresh your skills or want to overcome your riding anxiety. Patience is a top priority here.
Are you looking for “classic”, “English” or “Western” style? Trot, gallop or walk? Whatever you’re looking for, our horse farms in Austria are prepared for your needs. Horse riding lessons tailored to your interests and needs await you. All of the riding instructors are perfectly trained. They will support you and help you communicate with the horse. And the horses themselves ... well, they are looking forward to you the most!
UP HILL AND DOWN DALE IN A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE
With 2 HP, you will make your way across the woods, meadows, mountains and valleys. Get cosy in the horse-drawn carriage and discover Austria’s picturesque landscapes from a different perspective! Whether it’s a trip with your children or a romantic getaway with your partner.
The sun is shining, it’s warm outside, summer’s here. How about a trip to the lake? A snack or picnic is waiting for you. You’ve snuggled up under a warm blanket. The snow is crunching as you’re gliding through the winter landscape. Under a blanket of snow, the trees look as if they’re wearing gnome hats. The powdery snow falls from the branches as you’re entering the glistening white forest. Perhaps you’re stopping by a forest glade to build a snowman together? Or you’re taking a break in a cosy tavern? There’s no better place to indulge in traditional delicacies such as mulled wine, baked apples and roasted chestnuts.
In summer or winter - a ride in a horse-drawn carriage is an adventurous outing. The icing on the cake for your holiday on a horse farm!
Get Saddle and Bridle Ready
Are you a passionate horse rider at home but the thought of taking all the equipment with you has always kept you from booking a horse holiday? There’s a ton of things that you need to pack in addition to the “standard” luggage such as hiking boots and swimwear.
But don’t worry! On our horse farms in Austria, you can use a solid range of standard equipment for some riding fun: riding hat, body protector, riding clothes, saddle and bridle are provided for you. This way, you have everything you need to enjoy a nice and - most importantly - safe ride. Simply get in touch with your hosts to find out what you really need to pack.
By the way: A lot of farms have space for your own horse in their stables. After all, you’d like to spend your holiday with those you love most and share your favourite moments with your own horse. Wonderful and intense moments are awaiting you. Your bonds will be even stronger than before. Have fun!
You Are Ready for a Horse Farm Stay, if You ...
...love horses. Unrivalled moments of joy on horseback await you. Be enchanted by a horse’s kind and gentle manner.
...are looking for a change. Gain experience, feel connected in a new way and enjoy nature’s diversity. That’s what holidays on horse farms in Austria have on offer.
...want to immerse yourself in nature. Riding across the fields and woods in unity with your horse, you feel deeply connected with nature. Share moments of pleasure and fun with other riders, e.g. during a ride in a group.