Mongolian horses are small, rustic, and very resistant horses. They are between 1,40 and 1,45 metres (4,59 – 4,76 feet) high at the withers, which is, according to occidental standards, the size of a pony. They prove to be pleasant to guide and they very well obey orders. But you will have to cue your horse to turn with the neck rein system and to mount up in the western style.
Our horse treks in the "discover" tours usually last one day or a few hours and are open to beginners. The local equestrian guides who supervise the trek will lunge the persons who could feel least comfortable and the children. The youngest children will be able to sit on the same horse as the Mongolian horseman. Generally, we ride at a walking pace. But those who wish will form a second more experimented riders group and try to trot along or break into a gallop. In all the cases, you are never obliged to do the trek and the persons who might not want to ride can do the trek walking, and the vehicle is always at disposal.
For our equestrian tours in which the treks last several days, you must be a rider, even if all the treks don't need the same level. Please contact us to know what type of trek will best suit your skills and expectations about your stay in Mongolia.
For your safety, please read the following general advices:
The saddles provided are Russian-type, composed of a leather cushion on a wooden frame. These saddles are comfortable and suitable for the structure of the Mongolian horse. For the equestrian tours, we also have English saddles for the persons who prefer them. Please, ask us before the beginning of the stay.