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EXPERIENCE THE UNBREAKABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE NOMADS AND THEIR FREE SPIRITED HORSES

UNTAMED HORSE RIDING EXPERIENCE IN FOUR DISTINCT LANDSCAPES

Horses are known to the nomads as their best friend, sharing their spirit throughout a lifetime, becoming the most honorable and favored animal of the countryside. Throughout the years, they built together a bond that is both iconic of Mongolia and unbreakable.

The Mongols never give special names to their horses. But they use over 200 words to qualify them: by the colors, and by their unique traits such as a “horse with the white moon on the forehead”, or “with four white legs”, or “whitetail horse”, or “brownie”, “wild horse (horse with typical wild colors, stripes…)”. Basically, every Mongolian horse is half-wild, meaning that they need to be tamed, taught to behave good and respond well to the commands of the rider, and be useful for all kinds of needs/events (riding for all-day nomadic lifestyle - herding, and at various speeds - fast and slow), carry, transporting, milking, racing).

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OUR LOCAL HORSE GUIDES

Ever since the company created, we valued one of our visions is a long-term relationship with the local nomad families, for their own well-being and resources, so that they join us with their horses during the horse trek and bring close to you real nomad culture. You will accompany by nomad herdsmen as a local horse guide and meet their family in four amazing locations on our horse trek. Our local horse guides know very well their land and horses anyone else, as they born and raised in the region. They will not only assist us in our riding and care for our horses but also will guide you deep into Mongolian horse culture as they are nomads who sincerely cherish the nomad culture towards the environment, the animal, and the people. Tour leaders and local horse guides will help you to adjust to your horse and tack and make your trip more relaxed and safe. We are paying extra care for the wealth of our local people and their horses so that they can develop their own activities. Our dedication provides them other benefits as well on top of making them responsible for an amazing adventure.

DISCOVER THEM AND THEIR LAND

DISCOVER THEM AND THEIR LAND

DISCOVER THEM AND THEIR LAND

READ ABOUT HORSE RIDING EXPERIENCES AND EQUIPMENTS

What makes our riding adventures unique, beautiful, and safe? Mostly due to our own ways of bringing safety tools to the countryside, and the capacity to adapt, we have selected the best possible equipment needed for your rides. From the selection of locally made saddles to support the local businesses and leather makers, to the use of safety stirrups, and solid reins to manage with ease your journey on horseback, you will have a wonderful experience focusing on Nature and the relationship with your companion. We adopted materials and the crafts of makers here in Mongolia that suit the horses the most while remaining comfortable. Our saddles have a wooden frame structure covered with padding and leatherwork, and we use a thick piece of felt to protect and insulate the horse. We are proud to support a local manufacturer of those beautiful pieces, all handmade, that are robust and comfortable for hours riding.

We love our horses. They are the most respected animal in the country and are deeply rooted in our culture. We learned to live with them and through it develop our own way of life until today. We understood the importance of riding horses in a relaxed way, with happy horses, and making the experience safe for everyone, both for the herders and our guests. Riding in those different landscapes, far from the crowds and those potential issues, make the experience even better, enjoyable, relaxed, and safe. As GML on a path for a more sustainable, and ethical future, it is our responsibility to protect the environment and all of its living species. The very least we can do is ensure our practices are not causing harm to the wildlife and animals who call the destinations we visit home.

This is why we created those beautiful programs for riding in 4 major destinations in Western Mongolia, 2 times per location to fully appreciate the feeling and the connection with the horses, at the pace of 4 hours per ride. This way, we can respect the horses, and not develop fatigue that can sometimes be fatal for them in a long run. At GML due to our horse riding principles, we consider the rider's weight during booking to be appropriate to the horses, you can be sure that you will ride only healthy and well-cared horses. 

You need to be confident in your ability to take on a Mongolian horse ride for your own safety and for the wellbeing of the horses you’ll ride. We’ll need to know you have the means and determination to do the training and arrive horse ride in Mongolia ready. We’ll want to know you can handle - and enjoy - life on the steppe. The trips are created in Western Mongolian countryside so we’ll be looking for the experience of traveling to remote areas and general previous adventuring to demonstrate an understanding of day-to-day living conditions during the trip.

The Mongolian horses, despite being short-size full-grown horses and not ponies, can carry a person of 1,95m/6*4 tall, and up to 100 kg/221 lbs. Beyond, we would not recommend this adventure both for comfort and safety (see Riding Guideline).

Where you don’t have specific experience to make sure you’re horse riding journey ready you’ll need to demonstrate the commitment and practical access to the training and time in the saddle you need before you head to Mongolia. As well as the above skills, you will need to develop distance riding fitness. We recommend cross-training to develop further fitness capacity that will enable you to enjoy your adventure maximally. Our horse riding tour for reasonably fit travelers and advanced to expert riders only. You will need to prepare for horseriding, to ride in large open landscapes, with various types of terrain: on sand dunes, crossing rivers, progressing through forested and rocky areas.

  • You shall keep in mind and be able to:
  • Comfortably mount and dismount without block
  • Ride with confidence in a wide variety of terrains (sand, rocks, crossing rivers, in-even terrains)
  • Cover the entire duration of the ride, be endurant and show the necessary skills to trot with the group for 3+ days covering 15-35 km per day. Depending on your choice, and the terrain configuration, you shall ride on average for 3 - 8 hours to a full day to cover those distances. Again, very terrain-dependent. 

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Safe and high-quality equipment is of utmost importance for our horse trekking. For that, we invested exclusively in horse riding equipment. Traditional Mongolian wooden saddle, which the Mongols developed for thousands of years perfectly suits the back of Mongolian horses but not as much for our guests. The traditional Western or English saddles, even lightweight have not suited well for small Mongolian horses as it is long, unstable for terrain ride, or even worse could get hurt the back of the horse for a long ride. For years of horse riding expeditions in the backcountry, we experienced some western, English, contemporary Mongolian saddles until finding the right designed saddle that is safe and comfortable both for our riders and horses.  So, we are cooperating with local saddle makers for a long time to design the saddles for our horse journeys in the backcountry remote trips. As a result of our experience and his saddlery skill and handcraft, we proudly use our special design and purpose-built saddle for our horse treks.  

REINS
The Reins we developed in cooperation with a local herder - Urta - are braided reins, all handmade using 5 to 6 long strings of natural leather to give it some strength, yet remaining supple a flexible.

BRIDLE
Briddle is typical Mongolian, using soft leather material to prevent the horses from scratches, with another cotton piece on both sides added to protect the sides and bones of the horse head. They are also handmade by Urta.

STIRRUPS
Likewise, security is the most important for us.  We use peacock safety stirrups on all our horse riding trips for the last decades. It will allow your foot to break free quicker, can help reduce the chance of getting your foot caught in the event of an unplanned dismount. 

HELMETS
Another important piece of safety equipment is helmets. Helmets are provided (standard sizes: s, m, l, xl). If you wanted to bring your own helmet, please make sure your helmet is SEI-certified. Other essential items provided are chaps for those who need to use leather for comfort and strength, and saddlebags to carry small objects that are needed for the ride: water bottle, medicine, phone. 

All our horseback ridings are fully supported by vehicles. 

UNTAMED HORSE RIDING EXPERIENCE

Experience unique places with a different horse every time,
while exploring the stunning equestrian culture of the nomads

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