Whether you’ve spent your whole life around horses or you’ve never been close to a saddle in your life, horse riding is one sport you must try! There’s no greater feeling than that rush of adrenaline when your horse takes off at a full gallop, or that soothing sense of calm you feel when it’s just you and your horse on a long, hilly trail. One of the most well equipped riding schools I’ve ever visited is Red Earth Riding School (RERS), which is nestled in the little township of Auroville, a few kilometres away from Pondicherry. This is a full-fledged equestrian center, which offers classes to all levels of riders in show jumping and dressage. RERS is run by Jacqueline Kapur, who comes armed with years of professional training and a deep love for all things horse! The riding school is home to some of the country’s most exquisite horses, who are champion show jumpers trained by some of the world’s finest equestrians.

Courtesy Red Earth Horse Riding School
Horse riding on a training track
Horse riding on a training track

Even if you choose not to venture on horseback, RERS is a great place for every animal lover. Two boxers and a Labrador will shower you with love as soon as you arrive! There is also a shed that houses the most adorable ponies. (No, you can’t take one back with you – I tried!) To fully enjoy your equestrian vacation, I’d recommend booking accommodation at the farm well in advance. The riding school offers comfortable air-conditioned housing at their cottages. Your stay at the Red Earth riding school, will be all about experiencing the best of what farm life has to offer. The horses, ponies and wonderful people you meet make it hard to leave!

If travelling to the south isn’t on the cards for you, visit the Ceddar Equestrian Centre on the outskirts of Pune. It’s run by Sanyogeeta Kadu, one of India’s upcoming equestrians, and she has put her heart and soul into establishing this school. Wake up to early morning horse riding lessons, spend your afternoons exploring the on-site obstacle course and end your day with a trail ride into the sunset! There’s no better recipe to a perfect weekend! Before you embark on your first horse riding holiday, remember, horses are beautiful animals with big hearts. Every human who chooses to enter their magical world must treat them with respect and kindness. When you ride a horse, it’s like a conversation with no words. Love your horse, treat him right and you will be rewarded with a lifelong friend.