Hereunder we are very pleased to make a presentation of an european association, working with horses throughout the pyrenean mountains, in France, Spain and Andorra.
The Office of the Transpyrenean Equestrian Guides gathers, since 1998, a dozen of equestrian guides specialized in equestrian excursions and ecoturism on all the chain of the Pyrenees in France, Spain, and Andorra.
The Pyrenees, 400 x 150 kms, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, wide open and protected spaces in Western Europe, offer immense wild territories, criss-crossed by over 3000 kms of horse suited trails, adapted to horse trekkings. The fauna and the flora, below astonishing peaks, are the richest of France, orchises, lilies, bear, isards, ibexes, raptors, etc.. On these lands of tradition our excursions are an opportunity to meet shepherds and farmers, to visit major historic sites (Cathares, Romance legacy,..), and to taste the famous French gastronomy of the Western South. All the equestrian guides follow training courses regularly in order to improve with the modern techniques of the equestrian excursion (GPS, for example) so to increase the safety of the excursions in altitude, as well as training courses of knowledge of the natural environment. Located in the extreme South of France, the Pyrenees have a privileged climate. The crossing of the transborder collars (with a top at least of 2000 m) is possible only between June and October. Horse outings last for 2 days or several days.
Who are these excursions for ?
The neophytes of horse trekkings can take part provided that they practice another sport regularly and follow some lessons as a preliminary training in a club of their area. A good physical form and a minimum of preparation are largely enough. As far as possible, we endeavour to create homogeneous groups, always of less than ten people.
Unfolding of an excursion
Under the responsibility of the guide, the rhythm adopted in an excursion is progressive: the goal is in no case to cover the maximum of kilometers in a minimum of time. This progression of the effort, necessary to the horse also, allied with the use of an adapted and comfortable saddle make possible to reduce notably the aches of the first days. In the evening, the well deserved stages, are the occasion to rest (several formulas of lodging are proposed: staying with locals, mountain refuges or huts, hotels, “gites d’étapes”, bivouac.) to set out again in full form the following day.
All our horses (approximately 150) are of a surprising facilitated handling. The majority, resulting from local races (Castillonnais, Mérens) have enjoyed since their birth, in our farms, particular conditions of breeding intended to give them a great ease on difficult grounds, thus a friendly and privileged relationship with their riders. Their taming (or breeding), carried out by our care, guarantees even to the untrained riders a great facility of use and a great safety throughout the trips.
And now, saddle up, and away from it all. Succomb to the timeless charm of horse trekkings in Pyrenees without borders.
Please feel free to contact us if you require further informations about ours activities and our projects.
Together, let us build your holidays as you dream them.
BGET 09600 DUN FRANCE (Foundation Date - October 1998).