Horse Riding

Horseback riding in central Portugal. Amazing moments around horses for experienced and inexperienced riders. Horse riding in small groups. Enjoy all the views, numerous streams with Roman bridges, boulders, rock formations, nature and the atmosphere of the Portuguese countryside. We can also take you on a full moon ride or private ride.

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Horseback riding in the breath taking nature of Portugal, for children and adults with and without experience! Hour rides, picnic rides or 20 to 40 min rides for  inexperienced riders and children from 4 years old.

You like riding in small groups? Enjoy your horse riding experience in pure authentic nature? At Portugal by Horse you are at the right place! For experienced horse riders we even offer the unique experience to ride in the full moon, trust your horse completely while you canter in the moonlight.

Horse riding during your holiday in Portugal and stay in a unique, cozy holiday house at Quinta da Alegria.

Preçário

Rides outside accompanied on reins *

20 minutes (only for children)

€ 17

30 minutes (only for children)

€ 19

40 minutes

€ 21

1 hour ride

€ 25

Rides for experienced riders*

Hour rides

€ 23

per hour / person

Full Moon Ride

€ 30

per hour / person

Private rides

€ 50

per hour / person

Rides with 2 Guides (for 2 people without or very little experience)

€ 50

per hour / person

A dream morning !*

Morning with horse riding, picnic and bathing in the river

€ 85/ person

Horseback riding with picnic by the riverside close to the waterfall of São Geraldo, for experienced or inexperienced riders. At arrival helping to brush and tack your horse, leaving for a ride to the river rio dos cavalos. Having picnic at the riverside where you also can have a swim or wet your feet before continuing to our farm. Max 4 people
included:
Picnic (the best Portuguese grilled chicken, bread and a salade + a drink of choice)
Horse ride
Insurance

Riding helmets, chaps and trousers available!

 

Please book your ride a few days ahead!

For the horse riding events we limit the number of participants to 5 people. Every participant has to take care of his/her own horse: cleaning the horse and checking the riding equipment. If you lack experience we will assist you.
Out of respect for the horses, we cannot have people heavier than 80 kg. It is very important for the group to be honest about your riding experience because the less experienced riders will slow the pace down for the advanced.

People with little or no experience can have some lessons or they can have a guided walk for max 1 hour, walking on the rein.

!Important! The reins and bridle of horses are handled with care on departure and arrival of a ride, always keep them under control and not let them hang on the ground to prevent breakage. Breaking of either is reimbursed by the customer at market price!

*Insurance included!

We teach you to ride in a horse friendly way. Feeling, balance, timing & synchronization are important. You will learn to ride using your body and weight. Soon you will be riding confidently, without or with a bridle in a natural way resulting in a more comfortable ride for both horse and rider.

We start to build up your confidence around these beautiful creatures by grooming the horse and learning to saddle. Afterwards you start walking around with your horse in the riding school to start knowing each other. Than we go on the horse and do some basic balance exercises in walk and in trot. From here on you will learn to ride your horse with the balance of your body. Stop, start without kicking or pressure. Going left, right without pulling the reins.

Riding lessons are held in our open air 16m x 32m riding school or in the Round Pen. We teach anyone from 4 years old,  all lessons are one to one, like this you learn much more and faster in a shorter time.

You and your family or friends can have riding lessons during your holiday or weekend staying in our holiday homes or in the neighborhood.

Riding lesson: In winter there are no lessons due to the instability of the weather, from March 1 we only open the school on sunny days.

Preçário

1 hour private lesson

€ 23

(30 min first contact with the horses: reading and listening to your horse, brushing(grooming), saddling, communication on the ground + 30 min riding)

Out of respect for the horses, the maximum permitted weight of the rider is 80kg.

Dancing with horses

João can teach you how to understand horses and how to communicate with horses in a direct and objective way. You learn to understand a horse from the ground and in the saddle. You learn how to be between horses and how to behave yourself when you are with them.
You learn how to move, stop, turn, trot and make them canter without touching them, only with your inner energy and body language. You can follow lessons per hour or a combination of lessons and a beautiful holiday on our farm – with or without horse riding – while you visit the most beautiful places in Portugal.

You don´t need previous experience with horses!

Preçário

1 hour private Horsemanship Lesson

€ 46

All lessons cover the following from a basic to an advanced level, according to duration:

– The language of horses
– Feel, intuition, balance, timing, synchronization
– Ground work & ridden work
– Manoeuvres

Some days away from the world…immersed in the Magic of Horses…

For beginners and experienced riders

Programmes

Horse Riding Package

For 2 persons

€ 260

Inclusive: 2 nights in apartment Alegria * for 2 persons with breakfast, 2 hours horse riding for 2 persons.

Program 

1st day: Arrival at Quinta D´Alegria after 17.00. In the evening meeting the horses and you can help to feed the horses.

2nd day: In the morning, after breakfast, meeting and grooming the horse you will ride. Then a 1 hour ride to the village of Casal da Senhora where João Brandão (the Portuguese Robin Hood) was born passing the Celtic graves of Midões and enjoying the  beautiful views of the Estrella-Açor- and Caramulo mountains. In the afternoon, grooming your horse followed by 1 hour horse riding in the magnificent nature around our farm. You can help to feed the horses in the evening.

3rd day: After a nice breakfast enjoy the valley a little bit more before leaving our beautiful holiday farm.

“Dances with horses” Package

For 2 people

€ 320

2 nights in apartment Alegria * for 2 people with breakfast, 2 hours horsemanship lessons for 2 people.

Program

1st day: Arrival at Quinta D´Alegria after 17.00. In the evening meeting the horses and you can help to feed the horses.

2nd day: In the morning, after breakfast, meeting and grooming the horse you will work with then 1 hour Horsemanship lesson. In the afternoon grooming the horse you will work with followed by 1 hour dancing with horses. You can help to feed the horses in the evening.

3rd day: After a nice breakfast enjoy the valley a little bit more before leaving our beautiful holiday farm…

Learning to ride Package

For 2 people

€ 252

2 nights in apartment Alegria * for 2 people with breakfast, 2 hours horse riding lesson for 2 people.

Program 

1st day: Arrival at Quinta D´Alegria after 17.00. In the evening meeting the horses and you can help to feed the horses.

2nd day: In the morning, after breakfast, meeting and grooming the horse you will ride, then 1 hour private riding lesson. In the afternoon a second 1 hour private riding lesson. You can help to feed the horses in the evening.

3rd day: After a nice breakfast enjoy the valley a little bit more before leaving our beautiful holiday farm…

* €20 extra if accommodation Alegria is not available and it is necessary to select another accommodation