One day ride in Transylvania

One day ride in Transylvania

General info

Whether you are travelling to Transylvania for business or for vacation: If you like to spend one day out riding, that’s the best way to do it.
We meet in the morning at our location in Kiskede, and ride out for 3-5 hours.

Groups are welcome, but we also accept one person for this ride, so you can enjoy the unique landscape, the wildlife and the clean air, spiced with great canters. Also, you will explore a slice of the Transylvanian village life.
In the saddle of our well-trained, sturdy horses, you spend a relaxed, extraordinary day.

Settled in the center of the country, in historical Transylvania, you will have the chance to explore the breathtaking countryside, where most people still live like they did centuries ago.

The riding

During the day, you will ride our well-trained, sturdy and forward going Hungarian purebred sport horses (Shagya-Arabs, Gidrans, Kisberi, and Lippizans). The horses have lots of staying power and are used to different types of terrain.

The horses are ridden in English tack. We have custom-made saddles, fitted individually for each horse, produced by a saddler manufacture.

The riding is a mix of paces to suit the actual terrain condition and is fast in places. This offer is only suitable for good intermediate to experienced riders who are confident in all paces. You must be able to handle a horse at speed in a group situation and be comfortable riding over rough terrain. Some natural obstacles also need to be negotiated. You also need to be healthy and physically fit.

Since our Hungarian horses are smaller than the average warmblood, the weight limit is 90 kg. For security reason, we recommend the wearing of hard helmets.

Activities / Events

In addition to the horse riding trips, you will meet local people, explore the Transylvanian dances and parts of the regional culture. Also some traditional craftsmen can be visited on our tours.

After returning to our base in the late afternoon, you can go mountain biking or hiking: The surrounding hills offer plenty ways for individual adventures in the great outdoors. Excursions with traditional horse carts are also great fun. 

Accommodation / Food

Usually, we do not provide accommodation for one day ride. But if you wish, can be organized, please mention at booking!
At midday, we have picnic lunch from saddle bag (included in price). For larger groups, we organize food delivery with service car. Food is usually a selection of fine, locally produced cold meals. Dinner is not included in our offer, but can be organized.
Vegetarians and vegans are welcomed, please inform us about your demand at reservation.

Itinerary

During the day, we spend 3-5 hours in saddle, with longer lunch break. Our ride starts from Kiskede, and we have several possible routes for the day.

Please note that the following itineraries are our base line. Weather conditions, unpredictable natural or other obstacles can change our route. 

We have the distances and riding times measured and scheduled. Based on the riders abilities, for your safety and comfort, the guide can decide to shorten or alter the initial route.

One of our most popular riding tours.

 

After the morning preparations, we leave our equestrian base and ride halfway to a beautiful forest restplace near Székelyszentmihály.

 

Our road leads along Transylvanian villages, we ride on pastures, traditional cart roads and in the woods. The riders are greeted by the unique Transylvanian hills, the feeling of clean air and freedom is our companion. We often see foxes, rabbits and deer running in front of the riders, and a team of deer often watches the visitors.

 

Depending on the riders experience, our ride is a mix of step, trot, and quite a lot of canter sections. We spend aprox. 5 hours in the saddle during the day, riding a distance of 30 km. We have a cold lunch during the midday break.

 

We will return to Kiskede in the afternoon.

For our guests arriving on a day trip, this is a very enjoyable equestrian route, which leads to the famous Transylvanian village of Énlaka.

 

A longer ride, with lots of trot and galloping sections. After getting to know each other in the morning, we set off, riding through cart roads, villages and pastures. Passing through the first village, Székelyszentmiklós, there is already a possibility for a long trot, possibly a gallop.

Leaving for Kismedesér (another traditional Transylvanian village), we ride on huge pastures and hilltops. Apart from  shepherds herding herds and traditional herds of cows, we do not meet many people, but deer and foxes often watch the arrival of the riders.

 

We spend the lunch rest in Csehétfalva, in the guest house of the Unitarian Church, which has been converted from a barn, where we are greeted with home-cooked food. After that, we ride halfway through Énlaka, where you can see the Unitarian church, the country house, and an exhibition on the coffered ceiling.

 

On our way home we ride through forest paths and pastures until we return to Kiskede. We spend 5-6 hours in the saddle during the day, riding a distance of 30-35 km.

The third possible route for the one-day tour leads to Kissolymos, a small village on the border of Harghita County. After the morning preparations we leave from Kiskede, we ride through Nagykede, then our journey leads through hilly roads.

 

Crossing a small section of traffic road, we find ourselves in a beautiful valley. Fields to the right, huge pastures to the left, forest in front of us. Riding on cart routes, through an orchard, is an excellent opportunity for a long gallop to the the forest. Arriving at the top of the hill, we will continue riding on forest roads, and then we will see Kissolymos in the next valley, where we will also spend the midday rest.

 

After lunch, we ride back to Kiskeede, but choosing other routes home. We ride in small parts of the forest and pastures, then we pass a fishpond before we get back to our equestrian base. Our ride is a mix of step, long trot and galloping sections.

We spend a total of 5 hours in the saddle during the day, approx. Riding 28 km.