Enjoying this sunset from a kayak reminded us of Lucky Luke and Joly Jumper’s famous ending as they head off on new adventures! That’s fortuitous as there’s plenty of horse-riding options in and around Argeles-sur-Mer. Grab your hat, pick up a crop and come with us!
3, 2, 1, let’s go horse-riding!
We’re going to a Ranch in Argeles-sur-Mer for a horse-riding trek that crosses the river (the Tech river that flows into the sea at Argeles-sur-Mer). It’s 9.15 a.m. and the sun’s already high in the sky above the Ranch’s little reception area. We’re warmly greeted by our guide who hands out “bombes” to us … (Oh yes … for those of you who don’t know, “bombe” is the French nickname for a riding hat 😉)
Once we’ve securely fastened our riding hats, we’re introduced to our horses. We’re riding “Orpheus” and “Pati” today. It’s impressive to get up close to the horses and we appreciate how beautiful and imposing these magnificent animals really are.
The first step is to get up into the saddle … the cowboys in the westerns make it look so simple but, take it from us, it’s not quite that easy… We manage it in the end, with some help from our guides. Come on! We can do it. Put your left foot in the stirrup and swing your other leg up and over!
What an incredible sense you get once you’re in the saddle. You’re high up and you immediately feel at one with your four-legged companion. All that’s left to do is adjust the stirrup height and your foot position. Then, get to grips with the basic gestures for directing the horse:
– kick your heels to walk on
– pull the reins back to stop
– pull the reins to the right to go right, and left to go left
We now set off on our tour that will last 1 hour and 30 minutes and takes us along the Tech river.