Equestrian Connection

Company : Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures
Location : Kei Mouth Eastern Cape Wild Coast
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1750 to 0 $ Dollars (US)
Tour Code : Equiconnect

Do you need to ESCAPE for a while? Do you have to be able to WORK REMOTELY? Does being part of the day-to-day care of HORSES, riding along expansive beaches, blowing all your cares away, and reconnecting with yourself appeal to you? Then our Equestrian Connection is for you.

An escape from your everyday life. Work remotely, ride, eat, sleep, repeat and live like a local.

Horses, Sunshine, Sand & Sea... and escape the lock down blues...

At Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures, we offer a unique opportunity for horse lovers to truly immerse themselves and experience the joy of being with and riding horses day after day along the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa. Join us for 2 or more weeks to rejuvenate your inner love of horses, reconnect with who you are and restore your soul.

The inter-connection between horses and people is an integral part of our beliefs, our environment and the way that we work with the horses and our visiting riders. Therefore, our horsemanship is geared towards gentle interaction and communication with our equine friends. The horses work hard, and we expect the best from them. It is our responsibility to ensure that they live in the most comfortable and natural way possible to enable them to do their job to the very best of their abilities. As our guest, you become part of our equine philosophy.

A HORSE-RIDING EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHERE HORSES ARE A WAY OF LIFE...

As a horse lover it will exceed all your expectations.

EAT, SLEEP, RIDE, REPEAT and LIVE LIKE A LOCAL!

Bring along your spirit of adventure and a love of great outdoors and escape to our horse filled life in South Africa. Our horses are much loved; they are a mixture of Arab, Boerperd, Thoroughbred and Percheron crosses that are perfect for trail riding. You will be delighted by how gentle, well trained and friendly they are! The trail team is kept endurance fit to be able to complete our adventure trails along the coast, while our younger horses are brought on carefully with ground work and schooling. While you are with us, you become part of our family and are made to feel welcome in our relaxed and comfortable home from home.

You get to participate in and be part of the following experiences…

Understanding and practicing the principles of holistic horse care of horses that live out all year round in the African bush.

• Daily brushing & feeding of the horses
• Grooming, bathing and general care of the horses
• Cleaning tack and equipment
• Introduction to barefoot trimming, riding and management
• Our horses all live out, so there are no stables to muck out,
• An introduction to ground work
• Exercising & schooling horses in basic flat work, dressage & jumping
• Fitness training, exercise & care of the horses
• Assisting on out rides and trails in Kei Mouth & Morgan Bay
• You spend time caring, working, schooling and exercising horses at the beach paddocks in Kei Mouth.

WORK REMOTELY - we have very good wifi connection, and being able to work online is a breeze with a view! If you are choosing to stay with us as a ride & work remotely option, you would generally ride once or twice a day and make your own time available to do your work. It’s pretty flexible to your needs, and you can be sure of a quite space and fast connection, printing and scanning facilities are also available.

2 WEEKS is the minimum length of stay on the Equestrian Connection riding holiday – it is long enough for you to get to know us and the horses and do lots of riding.

RIDING WITH TOUCH WORKSHOPS

If you choose to stay with us for 3 WEEKS, you will take part in an awesome 3 day “Riding with Touch Workshop” run by Klara Webb. This is an introduction to Ride with Your Mind and TTouch methodologies. Olympic Event rider Ingrid Klimke, who rode with us a few years back uses TTouch as part of her training program. These principles are part of the foundation that our horses schooling has been built upon, and what makes them exceptional trail horses.

FREE MINI BEACH TRAIL

Stay 4, 6 or 8 WEEKS and a MINI BEACH TRAIL is added onto your itinerary! Yes, you will do a 2 night 3 day jaunt to Wavecrest Hotel & Spa. This is a super 3 days of riding, exploring and adventure.

FREE WILD COAST HORSE TRAIL

Stay 12 weeks and you get the whole package, Riding with Touch workshop, join a Mini Trail if there is one going out and then do our magnificent Wild Coast Horse Trail.

Itinerary

You get to participate in and be part of the following experiences…

Understanding and practicing the principles of holistic horse care of horses that live out all year round in the African bush.

• Daily brushing & feeding of the horses
• Grooming, bathing and general care of the horses
• Cleaning tack and equipment
• Introduction to barefoot trimming, riding and management
• Our horses all live out, so there are no stables to muck out,
• An introduction to ground work
• Exercising & schooling horses in basic flat work, dressage & jumping
• Fitness training, exercise & care of the horses
• Assisting on out rides and trails in Kei Mouth & Morgan Bay
• You spend time caring, working, schooling and exercising horses at the beach paddocks in Kei Mouth.

WORK REMOTELY - If you have chosen to stay with us as a ride & work remotely option, you would generally ride once or twice a day and make your own time available to do your work. It’s pretty flexible to your needs, and you can be sure of a quite space and fast connection, printing and scanning facilities are also available.

DAILY ROUTINE

Our horses live out 24/7 in paddocks situated at the Kei Mouth Country Club about 2.5km from where we live. We go to the yard everyday at 8am, and bring the horses in for feeding, grooming and checking. The rest of the morning is spent riding and schooling the horses or taking out any beach rides that are booked. After lunch rides depend on how hot it is and in winter, we need to be back before the sunsets. The horses are fed again in the afternoon and turned out for the night.

2 WEEK STAY

Besides helping out at the morning stable, you will get to do all our lovely outrides around Kei Mouth and Morgan Bay as well as our day rides over the river to the waterfalls and another time to Trennerys for a pub lunch. There is time for beach and nature walks, and there will be at least one trip up the Kei River on our barge, The Fish Eagle. For the brave, you can also join Clint on a deep sea fishing/photo trip. One thing we know for sure is that when its time to leave, you will wish that you had stayed longer.

3 WEEK STAY

In the first part of your holiday you will do a 3 day Riding with touch workshop with Klara Web. Klara is a SAEF level 1 instructors qualifications (2000)(same as BHS) Ttouch Equine Practitioner 2 (2016) Ttouch Companion Animal Practitioner (2020) Virgin Active Group Exercise Instructor (2017).
With new found skills and perceptions to apply to the horses for the rest of your stay, it will change your mindset on how we are connected.

Then, the rest of the time is more riding, more walks, more soaking up the remoteness of where we are, and the raw beauty of the place that we call home.

4/6/8 WEEK STAY

Now you feel like you are part of the family, the dogs start asking you to go for walks, and you know all the horses by name. You settle into the gentle rhythm of being with the horses, riding, exploring, drinks with new friends and braais on the weekend.

The skills you were taught in the Riding with Touch workshop are well practiced, and the highlight of your escape will be a 2 night 3 day jaunt up the coast to Wavecrest.
And somewhere amongst all these adventures and riding you will hopefully keep up with your work and emails (no one really needs to know how much you like this remote working scenario !! )

12 WEEK STAY

If only the visa was longer !!
Yes, you have done all of the above and more.
You have new skills, you will be feeling more confident, your riding has improved and you have opened up your perception to how holistic horse care is good for you and the horses.
You did a mini beach trail and the crowning jewel of this adventure is to complete our Wild Coast Horse Trail.
You really have become a local, one of the horse crew, and you will end your journey with promises to return to our little village on the edge of Africa...


PLEASE NOTE All riding and itineraries are subject to change due to variations in local conditions, hotel accommodation availability, rider’s abilities, the weather & the influences of the sea tides and during the rainy season the conditions of the rivers at the time of riding.

Travel

  • Airport Pickup

Accomodation

  • Accomodation Included
  • Homestay

Meals

  • Meals Included

Tour Price

INCLUDED Daily horse riding including schooling the trails horses, informal riding lessons, out rides and trails • Riding at the beach in Kei Mouth & Morgan Bay. • Full day rides into the Transkei • Free WiFi, printing & scanning available. • Daily breakfast (cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, preserves, tea & coffee) • Home cooked dinners • Accommodation & laundry (Single rooms available and friends can share) • There is lots of free time for the beach, exploring our wonderful countryside, socialising and generally having a good time! EXCLUDED Other Things To Do (Not included and paid separately) • Riding with Touch Workshop not included in a package • Mini Beach trails along the Wild Coast not included in a package • Wild Coast Horse Trail not included in the package • The ferry crossing over the Kei River • Lunches while out on day rides • Social evenings out in the village • Drinks, refreshments and other snacks • Gratuities for the house maids who clean the house, make your beds and do your laundry! • Paddling trips hosted by local guides • Abseiling at Morgan Bay hosted by local guides • Township Tour hosted by local guides • Inkwenkwezi - Big 5 Jeep Safari

Start Dates

Throughout the year arriving on a Monday

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