Horse riding - Tenerife
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Horse riding

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.

The Island is home to a number of riding schools and centres that organise outings. They also offer lessons for those wishing to start riding or improve their technique, as well as providing all the equipment needed for an outing on horseback, which you will also find in specialised equestrian stores. The best thing is to get in touch with one of these companies if you would like to organise a trek.

Useful tips
Always take a coat and a waterproof. The Island's microclimate can cause tempera...
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Useful tips
  • Always take a coat and a waterproof. The Island's microclimate can cause temperatures to change quickly, especially at high altitudes.
  • Check the weather forecast before heading out, especially for severe weather warnings. In the event of strong winds or heavy rain, it is best to avoid using these trails.
  • Do not go off the beaten track or out of the authorised network of trails.
  • Take extra care on roads, especially in busy urban areas.
  • When travelling alone, always let somebody know where you are going (either someone you know or your hotel reception) and leave your mobile number with them. This will make it easier to find you if necessary.
  • Always wear a helmet, which is essential for your safety.
  • Do not throw any objects, garbage or waste, particularly cigarette butts, or any other liquid or solid waste at any point during the trail.
  • Remember that the trails do not have protective barriers at the sides, which means that landslides may occur. Also, bear in mind that some sections are particularly difficult, such as narrow passes, steep slopes, gullies and so on. It is important to take extra care at these points.
With an average annual temperature of 22ºC (72ºF), Tenerife has great weather condition...Read more
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When?

With an average annual temperature of 22ºC (72ºF), Tenerife has great weather conditions for horse riding at any time of year. You can enjoy your outings on horseback 365 days a year.

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What do I need?

There are a number of horse riding companies and centres on the Island that will provide you with all the advice and equipment you need for riding. As well as your trusty steed, it is a good idea to take a map of the trails, sun screen and comfortable clothing and footwear. It is important to always take some warm clothing with you as the temperature can drop significantly at higher altitudes.

You will also need body protection gear to ensure your safety during the ride, and don't forget to take something to eat and, most importantly, water.

Bear in mind that each person's needs may vary due to a number of factors, such as the duration and difficulty of the ride or the areas the trail crosses. The best thing to do is find out all you need to know in advance from the organisers.

Licences are only required when taking trails across protected areas. It is therefore a...Read more
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Do I need a licence?

Licences are only required when taking trails across protected areas. It is therefore advisable to be well informed before choosing your route.

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