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Camino De Santiago On Horseback - Things To Know

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    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE HORSERIDING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
    • Horse riding the Camino is becoming a popular option, used by Medieval pilgrims.
    • It needs a more in-depth planning than other ways of transport. Previous horse riding skills are a must, otherwise, it’s quite easy to get injured.
    • Same applies to the horse, who must be familiarized with the rider, people and cars to avoid any kind of accidents.
    • Make your way always next to the edge of the road and use safety wear, such as helmets, hi-vis vests and lighting during the night.
    TIPS FOR THE CAMINO ON HORSEBACK
    • Horse riding pilgrims should always carry a saddle with pad, blankets, bridles, halters and a bucket for water.
    • The rider should also be ready for the weather, bringing hats, gloves and raincoats.
    • The best option is to book an organized trip, as there are not many pilgrim hostels with stables.
    • The Camino Frances or French Way is recommended to travel on horseback, as it has the best set up for your horse to rest.
    Doing the way on horseback is an option that has been recently increasing more and more. This tradition began in the middle ages when some pilgrims started to go to Santiago horseback.

    This way of reaching Santiago needs an exhaustive planning. Before starting you should know that you have to be well prepared and also trained because otherwise, you could hurt.

    The most recommendable thing is doing the way horseback with your own horse or with a horse that is accustomed to you, but this is not the most important thing. The most important thing is that the horse is used to trot with other horses, animals and people around. You should avoid using a skittish horse because you will find vehicles along the way. You should go in a queue near the hard shoulder to avoid accidents. You should be easily seen by the others, especially by cars. You should wear a helmet.

    You will need the following equipment: riding saddle and the blanket; the stirrups; the bit; and, of course, a bucket to give water to the animal. You should also take a little “first-aid kit” with tar for the hoofs and some other materials for prevention. The rider should always wear a reflecting vest and a helmet. You should also wear appropriate clothes for riding a horse and also gloves and a raincoat.

    The best thing is to plan the entire trip because it is difficult to find accommodation with stables. But recently there have been built many accommodations with stables.

    More information: Planning the Camino de Santiago
     
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