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Horse Riding

Our philosophy is that horses are part of the team and great individuals, so you first need to meet at the ground! If you are a complete beginner we will show you the basics of handling and grooming the horse chosen for you. We will also give you basic information about horses in general, their nature, their characters and we will be more than happy to answer all your questions about them. Even for those with experience we believe it is essential to spend some time with your horse first on the ground to know each other as both the rider and the horse will feel more comfortable during the ride. In order to make the experience both fun and safe for you we are choosing your horse for the ride depending on your weight, height and level of experience, so we will need to know these details in advance. We ride English style and the choice of paces is up to the guides judgment and the previous experience of the riders.

 

Frequently asked questions.

-Where are you located : 

Our horse riding centre is located in Marathon, 5 mins walk from the archaeological museum of Marathon.

-How to get to our farm with public transport ?

You can take the ktel regional bus http://ktelattikis.gr/en/rafina_marathonas from Nomismatokopeio metro station https://goo.gl/maps/JyCC35J99V1ermrD8

The closest stop is here :  https://goo.gl/maps/fumrbXQCKGofWkXTA

From there our facilities are 5 mins walk, and the journey with the bus takes 45 minutes.

Important Note

- Our horse riding tours will not be available in Marathon from the 25th of July until the 5th of October.

 

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Horse Riding Tour at Marathon area

 

Description : This circular trail starts directly from our base farm and takes us to the hills of Vranas and back. We will ride for a few yards at the agricultural zone of Marathon and then we will take a dirt path that will take us up the hill, where we will enjoy the panoramic views of the historical bay of Marathon along with the Evoikos bay in the background. On good weather conditions and clear atmosphere we can see as far as Dirfys, the highest mountain at Evoia island. On our way back we will ride through beautiful pine forest and olive trees.

 

Prices : 55 euros/person

Activity duration : 1,5 hours in total, grooming and preparing horses and riders for 30 mins, the ride lasts 1 hour.

Location : Our farm is located in Marathon, 5 mins from the archaeological museum of Marathon.

What's included :

-Expert horse riding instructor.

-Horse according to your weight and height.

-Safety gear.

-Plan route.

-Vat and taxes.

 

What you should bring :

- Light and warm mountain clothing, mountain boots or similar.

Restrictions

-No previous experience is needed.

-Maximum number of riders per group is 5 participants.

-Maximum weight per rider is 95 kg.    

-Available almost everyday upon request

-Age limit is 8 years old.

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Mountain Horse Riding Tour at Marathon

 

Description : This mountain ride takes us through the agricultural part of Marathon and up to the North-East bunk of Penteli mountain. That ride offers great panoramic views of the historical Marathon harbour, the Aegean sea and Evoia island. We will pass from the archaeological museum of Marathon, we will explore some of the dirt roads and routes of the mountain surrounded with Mediterranean flora. This is a slow pace, more leisure type of trail ride, ideal for even complete beginners. Experienced riders though will have the chance for short trots or canter according to their previous experience.

Prices : 85 euros/person

Activity duration : 3 hours in total, grooming and preparing horses and riders for 30 mins, the ride lasts 2,5 hours.

Location : Our farm is located in Marathon, 5 mins from the archaeological museum of Marathon.

What's included :

-Expert horse riding instructor.

-Horse according to your weight and height.

-Safety gear.

-Plan route.

-Vat and taxes.

 

What you should bring :

- Light and warm mountain clothing, mountain boots or similar.

Restrictions

-Previous experience in horse riding is suggested.

-Maximum number of riders per group is 5 participants.

-Maximum weight per rider is 95 kg.    

-Available almost everyday upon request

-Age limit is 8 years old.

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Horse Riding Tour at Schinias Beach

 

Description : The beach ride is done at Schinias, one of Attica's most beautiful beaches, being almost 3 km long. It is surrounded by pine forest that offers the unique opportunity to combine forest ride with beach ride ! Part of Schinias beach and forest belongs to the “Schinias national park of Marathon” and it is considered one of the most important eco-parks in Attica. This ride offers great footing for faster paces when the riders are experienced. This ride is recommended to riders that have previous experience and can follow at trot and canter in a safe manner.

Prices : 75 euros/person

Activity duration : 2 hours in total, grooming & preparing horses and riders for 30 mins, the ride lasts 1 hr 30 mins.

Location : Our farm is located in Marathon, 5 mins from the archaeological museum of Marathon, the tour is done at Schoinias beach.

What's included :

-Expert horse riding instructor.

-Horse according to your weight and height.

-Safety gear.

-Plan route.

-Vat and taxes.

 

What you should bring :

- Light and warm mountain clothing, mountain boots or similar.

Restrictions

-Previous experience in horse riding is necessary.

-Maximum number of riders per group is 5 participants.

-Maximum weight per rider is 95 kg.    

-Available almost everyday upon request

-Age limit is 8 years old.

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Non riding activities - The basic horse interaction course

Description : This is a non riding program, suitable for people who want to come in contact with horses in a free environment. It’s ideal for those that don’t know much about horses but they want to come in contact with those magnificent animals, ideal for those interested in history, culture, psychology and human sciences. We will walk together and join the herd of horses, observe and get to know each other, we will explain about their physiology, psychology and ways of communicating within their environment. We will speak about the herd dynamics and how this reflects human societies and human dynamics. In the quest to understand more about the horses we will play a few games with them, the horses will participate only if they want to! Finally, we will take you on a tour on our farm, we will explain their day care and routine, also the history behind how horses became domesticated animals, the war horses and the evolution of horse riding as an Olympic sport from Ancient Greece to modern time !

Duration : 1hr 30 mins

Max participants : 14 people.

Prices : 2 up to 4 participants : 35 euros/person, 5 to 8 participants : 30 euros/person, 9 to 14 participants : 25 euros/person

Horse Riding Vacation Plan Tour at Pelion Peninsula - 6 days

Description : This riding vacation plan explores the Pelion peninsula, an unspoilt destination in central Greece that combines both mountain and sea routes. In Greek mythology the area was home to the Centaurs, mythological creatures with body of a horse and the torso, head and arms of a man. The mountain of Pelio has lush vegetation and thick, impenetrable forests, while on the east lies the Aegean sea with clear blue waters . Tiny secluded bays, winding cobbled tracks that lead to remote whitewashed cottages, groves of olive trees and shady forests of beech and chestnut, make it a peaceful and picturesque surrounding for exploring and horse riding. The day trips include a relaxed combination of riding, swimming and excursions with nights spent at small hotel in the fishing village of Katigiorgis at south-east Pelion.

ITINERARY

-Day 1. Meet in Athens, Volos or Skiathos and transfer to Katigiorgis village, Pelion peninsular. Dinner at a taverna in the village.
-Day 2. Breakfast, meet the horses for a short trial ride. Lunch in the harbour. Afternoon ride into the hills, returning to our hotel for dinner.
-Day 3. Ride to the beach, weather and conditions permitting, you can swim with your horse in the sea. In the afternoon a short trail around the hills. Dinner and night rest.
-Day 4. Breakfast and set off to Platania to the south or Palti to the north. Lunch at a taverna and in the afternoon ride back by a different route. Dinner and night rest.
-Day 5. Breakfast and a morning hack. The afternoon is free to relax on the beach or an excursion by car. Dinner and night rest on our base.
-Day 6. After breakfast set off riding on the traditional village of Promiri. Lunch in the village square under the giant plane tree then return by a different route to our hotel.
-Day 7. Breakfast and depart for Athens, Volos or Skiathos.

Prices : 980 euros/person

Prices include : Accommodation on twin bedroom rooms, all riding expenses, guiding and equipment, meals and transfers from / to Skiathos or Volos.

Dates : From 8th of August until the 18th of September.

 

More details :

Riding hours : 2-5 hours a day, 5 riding days.
Horses: Thessaly horsexarabs and draft horses,
Pace: slow due to the terrain (there are places where the horses need to be lead)
Riding ability : Intermediate
Weight limit : 90kg
Group size : max 4 per group

Horses and riding
Our horses used are part rescued part home bred, mostly Thessalian cross-bred with Arabian lineage. are forward going and fun to ride. English saddles are used and the horses are generally ridden in hackamores or snaffles.


Pace and experience required

The pace overall is quite slow and there are often places where you need to dismount to lead the horses. Although the pace is slow you need to be an intermediate rider to take part in the rides as, although they are well-schooled, the horses are finding it difficult to carry beginners over the difficult terrain. You are encouraged to groom, tack up and untack your own horse.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in the small fishing village of Katigiorgis. The rooms are only 100 yards from the beach. Bedrooms are twin bedded with private bathroom and have a small balcony with views into the sea.

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