You stroke your horse's mane gently as you feel his calm, steady pace beneath you. You close your eyes and hear the wind rustling in the trees, the birds singing and insects scuttling. You take a breath of fresh air that smells of earth and vegetation. When you open your eyes again you see rays of sun breaking through the gaps in the trees. Your horse walks steadily on and you feel life all around you as nature arouses your senses.
Tenerife is home to more than 200 km (125 miles) of forest trails. Most of the trails take riders across the high areas of the Island, especially in the Corona Forestal. The network of trails links most of the north to the area of Tacoronte and the south, which means the trails start and finish in places with all the amenities you need, often including public transport and parking spaces.