As you know, there are many ways to make the journey. But for all the adventurers who decide to undertake this pilgrimage, there is only one that connects with the past and origin of the route. To make the way to Santiago on horseback.
And when we speak of “making a journey to the past from the present” we mean that indeed, this is the oldest way to travel through it, the original. In the beginning it was the wealthiest families who could afford to have a horse, keep it and take it on such a journey with them. But now things have changed and wearing an equestrian companion is one more option of all those we offer. If you want to know the ins and outs of this option and feel like a lady or a gentleman join us to check all the useful details that must not be lost sight of.
First of all we want you to know that the range of options is wide. It just depends on what you are interested in visiting or already know, landscapes that you want to see with your own eyes or where you live. Here we leave you to investigate in depth the range of roads that the so-called pilgrimage of Santiago occupies:
North Way, French Way, Primitive Way, Portuguese Way, Portuguese Coastal Way, La Ruta del Mar, Fisterra, the English Way and the Silver Way.
As you will see from our hand, travelling with the horse requires more preparation than the other modalities. You can decide whether to do it independently or as a group. But if this is the first time that you are going to make a long journey in an equestrian way we recommend that you go as best accompanied as possible. And of course, to guarantee that pleasant company, we will take care of it. Another point to keep in mind is your riding experience, it will be necessary for your comfort and that of the horse itself.
Keep in mind that in this way you will find many bicyclists, walkers and dogs, so it is not advisable to carry a scary or unusual horse on the way on horseback. In the same way you must know that you will also cross villages or roads and therefore the factor of cars and noise must be present. That is why the best option is that the horse is accustomed to you or the road and both of you can enjoy the magnificent experience of riding in this environment at once solitary and social.
It is often very useful to make a list of things you can not miss before starting your trip and as our function is to accompany you we have made it for you:
Check the weather.
Both for you and for the horse will be very useful that you choose a warm day (but not in excess) to make the journey. Too much heat could cause hot flashes, too much cold could slow you down and even be uncomfortable. This is why it is recommended to do it in autumn or spring.
Keep in mind that there are not many accommodations in which the horse can be parked and services are available to attend to it. Plan each stage well and where you will be staying is very important.
Although more than accessories they will be indispensable elements if you have decided to travel for your part; we are going to give you the enumeration. First-aid kit, a waterproof blanket, saddle, estivos, bandages and protectors for the horse, cleaning accessories, a bucket to feed or drink, a reflective vest, helmet, gloves and sunglasses. Keep in mind that you will have to check where to buy the food for your companion or distribute it before starting your trip so you don’t have to carry it.
Review the sections you want to carry out and analyze the level of difficulty of them. This will be of great help for you to travel relaxed and without worrying about the tiredness of the horse or yours. In order not to force it, bear in mind that there are posts where you can stop and rest with it, but you must carry it planned from home. The variables are wide but the key factor is to take into consideration the habit the animal has with you as much as the one you have with him. And of course, don’t forget to take the relevant documentation with you and prepare yourself by training together to be fit enough to enjoy every kilometre of the route.
The way on Horseback
Dear adventurer, we know you love new sensations and complex experiences. This is one of them. But don’t let yourself be carried away by the enchantment of emotion. This is a way of making the journey that, as you have already seen, requires a certain amount of preparation and experience as well as a lot of dedication. And since we want to make things easy for you, it is important that you consider that the most realistic way to enjoy this peaceful experience is to leave it in expert hands. A tour organiser will prepare everything so that you can simply arrive and be instructed on everything you need to know. In addition, organized travel is always a better option since this methodology of the road does not have as much information about posts as cycling or walking.
It is a fact that since 2017 there has been a 20% increase in the number of people opting for the old fashioned way and this gives us confidence that you can feel very satisfied with our offer. We want you to be encouraged by the new experience of returning to the past on a horse and keeping your promises or just be happy travelling!