Caballadas Riding Policy
Caballadas is home to about 60 beautiful horses that roam free on our 20,000-hectare ranch. Our riding horses are well-schooled, local stock horses mixed with Anglo-Normandos, Criollos, and polo ponies. We have a large selection of horses for expert riders. They are neck-reined, usually well behaved, and sure-footed, making our riding trips safe and most enjoyable.
We ask our guests to meet the following riding standards outlined below. We will also ask you to provide us with an insight of your riding history and experience before you arrive, so we can match you with the best horse for your riding abilities. We take a maximum of eight people in each riding group, to ensure the best possible standards of safety and enjoyment.
Be prepared to spend up to six hours a day in the saddle. You will need to feel confident about keeping up with the group, capable of riding at all paces, rising to the trot, and controlling your horse at the canter. Due to the nature and difficulty of our programs, regrettably we cannot take novice riders. Riders need to be over six years old, be riding fit, and weigh no more than 95kgs / 210lbs / 15 stone. Riders who are over the weight limit need to make special arrangements with our reservations team.
If you are not currently riding regularly, we strongly recommend that you get in practice before joining us on one of our programs. It will be at the discretion of the company whether less experienced riders will be permitted to ride, taking into consideration their safety and enjoyment and that of the group as a whole. We reserve the right to prevent any client from riding if we feel they do not fulfil the minimum competence level detailed above.
Travel and medical insurance are required to participate in all Caballadas trips. It is your responsibility to arrange your own personal travel and medical insurance to cover yourselves for the duration of the trip, and to include full emergency evacuation and repatriation.
Many insurance companies will only insure you when wearing a hard hat or safety helmet while in the saddle. It is your responsibility to provide your own properly fitted hard hat or safety helmet. We cannot accept any liability whatsoever for head injuries sustained as a result of ignoring this advice. You must be insured to ride with us – please ensure your policy covers you for horse riding and includes medical evacuation cover.
You must be fully aware and understand that there are risks involved when around horses, in riding generally and in visiting and staying in remote wilderness areas in Patagonia. For these reasons you will be required to sign an indemnity form before you ride on our programs, confirming that you do so entirely at your own risk and that you have adequate insurance for all eventualities.
You must be able to ride to one of the following competence levels:
- Experienced: Confident at all paces on almost any horse, competes, or hunts seriously.
- Intermediate: Ridden for a number of years. Able to control fit thoroughbreds at all paces.
- Competent: Able to control a sensible/quiet horse at all paces and feels confident on such a horse. Balanced in the saddle and able to rise/post to the trot.