I don’t regret a single hour I have spent with horses!

Moments on horseback are like scenes from a movie where the star rides off into the sunset. On horseback you will have the time of your life.  Here are our 7 favourite reasons to ride.

1.First and foremost; Fun!

Anyone who has sat on the back of a horse knows that it is just plain fun. There is an adventurousness to it. It offers freedom, movement, and makes amazing feats of athleticism possible. And there is a total thrill with galloping across an open field, in tune with your mount.

2. Fitness

Horse riding is hard work! If you think that the horse does all the work, you have to think again. Just after an hour in the saddle going up and down hills, you will certainly feel like you’ve had a decent work out. It does miracles for your core, bum and back muscles. Not to mention all the heavy lifting that generally happens around horses, water and hay is not light stuff! Ever wondered why riders are generally fit and healthy people…?

3. Stress relief

Exploring woods and hills on horseback is as relaxing as it gets. You can breathe the fresh country side air and feel as one with your horse as you travel through paths you could not get to by car or bicycle. Listening to the array of birds singing, noticing the butterflies and lizards crossing over the paths and pointing out the little rabbit disappearing into the bush… It is where your mind really rests.

4. Gets you out of your comfort zone

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone they say! If you have never sat on a horse, with us you will have a great time trying it out for the first time. Our horses are calm and careful, we are safety conscious and know what we are doing.  We will provide you with all the safety gear and advice you will need to have a great first time experience.

5. Increase trust
Horses are soothing, gentle, and straightforward animals which make being in their presence immensely healing for you.This is why we want to offer you time to spend with your horse before and after the ride.

6.  See the world through the horses ears
Horseback riding offers a different way to see the world. I know that trail riding has been one of my favorite ways to spend time on horseback. Whether it was riding through the fields and woods of my home country, trail riding has allowed me to see parts of the world I never would have otherwise. It is a great way to see the world doing something you absolutely love.

This is the best way to see Algarve – through the horses ears!

7. Human-Animal Bond
There is nothing like loving a horse, except for knowing that the same horse loves you back. The human-animal bond is one of the best reasons to ride. Horses are willing to become true partners with their riders. If treated with respect, kindness, and love, then the bond that develops is truly amazing and inspiring.


Pia Saari is the founder and owner of Country Quest Portugal. Throughout her life she has gathered extensive experience with horses in many different ways. She has worked with horses professionally in riding schools, livery yards and racing stables. She has worked in horse rescue and helped numerous horses recover from severe physical and mental negligence. She has studied equine ethology and psychology, learning theory and many other subjects relating to horses. Country Quest Portugal has a mission and a vision to make the world a better place for horses - sharing knowledge by an online course is a very important part of this mission. The course is priced low to make it accessible for everyone who wants to learn how to better care for their horses.