Although we’re way past the age of conquerors shooting arrows, turned backwards on their horses, Hungarians are an equestrian nation. This can be seen in the fact that almost all Hungarian towns and villages have a riding farm and there is a wide range of equestrian accommodation options available for visitors. If you have never ridden a horse, you should definitely take the first steps towards becoming a confident rider. If you are a good rider, you might enjoy the wonderful landscapes feeling completely free on the back of your horse.
From lunge line to natural trails
Beginners can take their first steps on horseback supervised by an instructor, with the help of a lunge line. The traditional centre of equestrian education is the National Riding Hall in Budapest, but training with a lunge line is available in every town’s riding farm. You will have to prepare for the muscle soreness after the first few lessons, as this sport uses muscles barely used for any other sport. When the instructor thinks it is time, they let students off the lunge line to allow them to start taking group classes. This is when, besides the moves you have already seen, you can learn how to control a horse and how to create harmony between the horse and its rider. You should take this seriously, since cooperating with a giant weighing hundreds of kilos is one of the most beautiful parts of horse riding. Once the rider is able to move together with their horse confidently and is capable of sitting in the saddle for hours without getting tired, that’s when the exciting phase truly begins: entering the world of trail riding and hiking with horses.