Whether you’re galloping in a closed arena or touring the rice paddies and beaches, here are the top schools to go for horse riding in Bali.
With the sun shining and scenic trails all around, you’ll want to make full use of your island vacay by heading to the great outdoors. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in Bali under the sun and blue sky, from leisurely walks along beautiful beaches, to chasing waterfalls and even hiking up mountainous volcanoes. But if you’re looking for an island adventure that involves saddling up on a trusty steed, you’ll want to check out the very best horse riding schools in Bali.
From professional lessons and enclosed riding arenas, to horseback riding through the rice paddies and even photoshoots along the beach, here are our top picks for horse riding in Bali – giddy up!
WHERE TO GO HORSE RIDING IN BALI
1. Bali Equestrian Centre
If you’re looking to learn from the experts in a riding school with international standards, then put on your riding boots and head to Bali Equestrian Centre. This professional school in the heart of Canggu offers a large outdoor arena with show jump sets, an indoor arena for adults and a smaller indoor arena for pony rides. The centre’s 40 stables house 30 horses and ponies, giving adults and children a chance to learn how to ride from the horse’s master. The kiddos can have fun with their new furry friends by taking part in pony riding, a pony camp or even pony parties. There’s even a photoshoot package for the memory books!
Bali Equestrian Centre, Perumahan Canggu Asri, Jl Karang Suwung, Berawa, p. +62 361 844 6533 / +62 878 6294 9030, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8.30am – 6.30pm.
2. Kuda P. Stables
With over 50 years in the business, Kuda P. Stables is perhaps one of the first stables on the island which offers a “real Bali” tour experience. The tours (as well as the horses assigned to each rider) are personalised to suit your riding skills. For the full experience, choose the longest ride that takes you through a Balinese village, rice paddies, and onto the unspoiled Pig Stone Beach. There are also one-hour rides and a 30-minute ride, plus pony rides for the little ones, as well as a sunset ride and a photo session.
Kuda P. Stables, Desa Langudu, Jl Langudu No. 516, Tabanan, p. +62 811 393 9011; Open Mon – Sat.
3. Royal Sporthorse Bali
For a relaxing, family-friendly ride, head to Royal Sporthorse Bali. The stables and paddocks are home to Dutch and Danish warmblood horses, as well as a petting zoo full of cuddly animals. You can choose from beach tours (60 to 90 minutes per tour), as well as 45-minute private and group riding lessons for adults and children, plus half or full day Pony Camps. The camp invites kiddos to learn how to ride and groom a pony, take a short ride through the rice fields or the beach, and even trip to the petting zoo, where they will meet and feed fluffy bunnies and goats – all the while, mums and dads can chill at the restaurant. You can also arrange a photoshoot, or host a children’s birthday party or company outing. And for those looking for a home for their own horse, the stable offers comfy private stabling too.
Royal Sporthorse Bali, Jl Nelayan No. 29, Canggu, p. +62 877 6147 2220, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7.30am – 7pm.
4. Salty Cowboy
Live your best cowboy and cowgirl life in Bali with Salty Cowboy, a stable with a difference. You see, Salty Cowboy is home to a number of rescue horses in need of a safe space, complete with a rehabilitation and training programme. Alongside promoting responsible horse riding in Bali through rice field or beach tours (60 to 90 minutes), and lessons on riding and grooming for kids and adults, Salty Cowboy offers a number of experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Think river play rides with the water-loving horses, the Insta Ride which takes you to the most photogenic spots in Kedungu, a professional photoshoot, and even a Horse Whisperer Intensive Course that runs for up to three days. And psst… you can also donate to support the rehabilitation of the rescue horses!
Salty Cowboy, Jl Pantai Kedungu No. 3495, Kedungu, Tabanan, p. +62 812 3731 2248; Open daily 7am – 7pm.
5. Ubud Horse Stables
Let’s face it, horse riding in Bali wouldn’t be complete without touring the tranquil rice paddies, especially those tucked away within the jungles of Ubud. Sitting right on the edge of the famous Tegallalang rice terrace, Ubud Horse Stables offers horse riding tours through the paddies, all based on your riding skills. Beginners can ride on highlands through a less challenging yet scenic route, while advanced riders can trot along the hills at a faster pace. Top tip: if you have more time, try the horse riding tour to a hidden waterfall , where you’ll have plenty of time to stop and snap some photos!
Ubud Horse Stables, Desa Pupuan Banjar Timbul, Tegallalang, Gianyar, p. +62 813 3958 5666, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8am – 5pm.
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