Riding with Nomads

To travel on horseback in Mongolia is to experience this country the way that the locals do, by no other means does one create the same sense of unity with the local people than by travelling on horseback.
Mongolia is as famous for its horsemanship as it is the empire that the armies created. The key advantage of the Mongol armies was their incredible speed and maneuverability. In fact, even today the most common saddle used in Mongolia is the wooden saddle developed so that the warriors could use bow and arrow whilst galloping at full tilt. The riding style is to stand upright on short stirrups: a foreign concept to riders used to western saddles, yet extremely effective in local conditions. The apparent unity between human and horse when watching a herder ride effortlessly across the step must be seen.

Mongolia boasts a national herd of approximately 2.5million, the largest herd in the world, and one horse per person. The contemporary Mongolian horse is descended from Takhi or Przewalski horses that roamed wild until the 1920's. Horses are short and stocky (14 hands is tall), and incredibly tough to withstand harsh Mongolian winters. Horses are broken in and gelded at age 2, after which they join the herd to be ridden intermittently. During the summer months mares are milked to produce a fermented drink called Airag that is good for the health, skin, libido, amongst many other things.

Our treks will interest the experienced equestrian as much as the occasional rider. Mongolian horses are much easier to ride than European horses by virtue of their height and gait. We pay careful attention to match horses with rider's ability prior to commencing on a trek, from quiet and reliable geldings to fiery steeds - within reason its your choice. We provide western-style saddles on all our trips, but you are welcome to try a wooden saddle, for longer than five minutes if you like!

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