One of the best ways to explore the beauty of Georgia is on horseback.
We can organize tours for you starting from 1 day up to 5 days in the following regions:
Tusheti: 200 km from Tbilisi (June to October)
Algeti Nature Reserve: 60 km west of Tbilisi
Lagodekhi National Park: 160 km east of Tbilisi
Vashlovani National Park: 200 km southeast of Tbilisi
Please contact us for prices. Prices depend on availability and number of participants.
The horses in the national parks are typical Georgian mountain horses. Relatively small, 140-150 cm, friendly, easygoing, surefooted and used to walk long distances.
Other famous horses from Georgia are the horses from the Tush and Mingreli region known for their beauty and speed
On certain holidays and commemoration days traditional horse races are held over around 6 km.
Famous races are: “Zezwaoba” holiday in Alvani in the Kakheti region on the last weekend of May.
“Tushaoba” holiday in Omalo in Tusheti in August
“Vajaoba” holiday in Chargali in the Pshawi region north of Tbilisi
Traditionally the horses are decorated and ridden by young men without saddles. The winners get prizes like TV sets and cell phones
Saddles and bridles are most of the time traditional Georgian or Caucasian style.
The quality has improved a lot the last couple of years but is still overall of a lesser quality than we’re used to. That’s why, before you mount the horse the first time, you have to check the state of the saddle, bridle and stirrups. If need be you can ask the ranger or the guide to have things replaced
The handling of the horses
The handling of the horses in Georgia can look a little rough at times. As a matter of fact the rangers say they love and respect their horses but don’t want to “humanize” them. If you are under the impression that the animals are not treated properly you can always address that. Words of guests are taken very seriously in Georgia and feedback is much appreciated.
Depending on the program a tour can be a 3 to 4 hours riding trip or a full 4 to 5 days horseback riding experience. Since we will be underway in mountainous areas we will be constantly going up- and downhill. There will be parts of the tour where we’re required to dismount to guarantee our and the horses safety. We will frequently cross small rivers and wild creeks. The horses are used to this and will get you there in a safe way
On multi-day tours accommodation is provided for.
We will stay in simple mountain shelters or on occasion in tents whereas the horses will sleep under the stars. Sleeping bags are required
The horseback riding trips are at your own risk
We will do everything we can to make your trip unforgettable and safe. However, it is advised that you have some experience in handling horses. These tours are not organized to teach you how to ride a horse.
Equipment you need to bring
– Sleeping bag and camping mat
– Cutlery, cup and plate
– convenient, waterproof clothing
– solid footwear with heels (no sneakers!)
– small waterproof bags to put your belongings in
– pocketknife, flashlight and small first-aid kit
– groceries have to be bought before the trip takes off.
We will be happy to assist you with that
The following horseback riding tours can be arranged by us on short notice:
Tour in the Algeti nature reserve
Tour in the Borjomi-Kharagauli national park
Tour in the Lagodekhi national park