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Horseback Riding in Israel
Although you might not believe it, #Israel is the perfect place for #horseback riding. The trails, lead by #HaGalil Guest Farm, took us through rolling hills and volcanic like boulders. In the distance we could take in the mountain range and the #Sea of Galilee. This was not only incredible, but #affordable too.
Hurry up, Lola! I yelled, swinging my legs around.
I didn’t kick her; I’m too much of a softie when it comes to animals and I didn’t want to hurt her. But, I certainly wanted her to get her ass moving before the sun set.
Ughh.. I groaned, go faster!
She continued to trot along at a leisurely pace up the hill, so I sighed and leaned back in my saddle.
At least the view wasn’t anything to complain about.
As I swivelled my neck to the side I was met with a panoramic view of rolling grassy hills, funnelling down the valley of Ginnosar toward the hazy blue Sea of Galilee, all bathed in the warm light of a fiery setting sun.
I couldn’t believe that I was in Israel.
Israel is an incredible place to ride a horse
It was my first time on a horse and it definitely wasn’t a bad place to start.
When horseback riding first comes to mind, you probably don’t immediately think of Israel. In fact, if you think for about ten minutes, you probably still aren’t thinking of Israel.
But, let me clear this up for you–Israel is an incredible place to ride a horse, whether you’re a professional or a first-timer like myself.
The landscape around the Sea of Galilee in particular rivals that of an iconic Western film set and perhaps trumps the real life alternative.
Rolling hills strewn with volcanic boulders and layered with wispy dry grass make up the immediate foreground giving way to fading mountains and the Sea of Galilee itself.
The landscape around the Sea of Galilee in particular rivals that of an iconic Western film set...
The ride began with instruction and practise up at the barns at Vered HaGalil Guest Farm. We met our horses, including the stubborn Lola and set out for our adventure.
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It all began very “single file” until we grew comfortable with our new four-legged companions and decided who was going to get away with the most attitude.
I wasn’t going to let Lola run the show.
We hit the trails and fanned out among the rocky pathways going down the mountain.
Riding a horse was much easier than I had imagined. Pulling left took us left, pulling right took us right and pulling back made us stop.
Riding a horse was much easier than I had imagined
Lola and I pulled away from the group and went exploring up grassy ridges and back down rocky hills.
We sped up on the open fields and (one of us) tried to stop for a snack on the edge of a picturesque lookout point. It wasn’t me.
Eventually, it was time to head back to the stables.
I knew it, Lola knew it.. and perhaps that’s why she ambled along behind the rest of the group, stalling for time and soaking up the open space.
We took one last look out at the fading valley and turned back toward the farm.