Mongolia houses some of the most majestic plains and varied landscapes which make the country ideal places to wander with a horse. We encourage our clients to embrace a rare opportunity to trot with enduring Mongolian horses through the vast steppes, rolling hills, and the mountains.
In Mongolia, the native Mongolian horse breed remains unchanged for centuries, and considered one of the oldest horse breed in the world.
Also, you wouldn’t imagine Mongolian history without sturdy Mongolian horses that played in the key role in building the Great Mongolian Empire, the largest contiguous empire in world history.
To keep your Mongolian horseback riding experience authentic, we do organize tours with horse-herding nomads across the country. On the other hand, it’s a way to contribute to the local communities through a more sustainable approach.
Mongolia is proudly called home to last surviving pasture nomads. Thus, you can easily spot the horses in every corner of the country. Horses have a huge part in nomad way of living as they serve as a ride for all daily chores.
Nomads seldom keep the horses in the shed or feed them from a hand. Horses stay outdoors all year round, dealing with harsh weather from 30°C (86°F) in summer down to -50°C (-58°F) in winter. On account of all this uniqueness, Mongolian horses known as semi-wild. It might sound not trustworthy to get yourself on, but there are good tamed ones that can easily be a company. Mongolians use a wooden saddle with short stirrups which perfectly suits with their traditional deel, long robe-like clothes worn among Mongols. Our horse treks equipped with western style saddle, chaps and helmet.
Below tips apply to all horse riding trips whether it’s one day ride or two-week trek.
- Be honest about your riding skill and consult with your tour guide or horseman before choosing the right one for you.
- Learn basic equestrian techniques of Mongols since your horse was trained in this way of riding.
- There are certain sides of the horse that you can approach, and only the left side of the horse is allowed for both mounting and dismounting.
- Reins should be held by one hand and pulled together to the side of the direction that you are aiming to go.
- Do not try to wear or take off your clothes while you are on a horseback. Ask your companions to stop when you need to adjust your riding gear, including clothes.
- Do not shout loud when you gallop. It makes your horse more excited, and you might have a hard time stopping him.
- Nomads are not doubted on how they treat their horses, but patting unexpectedly while you are riding a horse is not a good idea.
- Also, as mentioned above, Mongolian horses rely on themselves most of the time. This means their defensive instinct is high, and reaction to any unusual object or movement is quick and abrupt. Thus, be careful around the horse.
- When it comes to choosing your outfit, we advise dark colours. Because horses can be easily distracted by bright colour as well as harsh sound.
There are so many not mentioned above, and that is yours to discover!