Horse Riding Mongolia
Horse riding in Mongolia is normally possible to arrange through any local tourist ger camp and throughout the year. However during winter the animals may need to be rested, depending on the availability of winter fuel.
The Shuren ger camp at Elstei is located in the country-side about 50 km from Ulaanbaatar. Here, you sleep in a traditional Mongolian ‘ger’. The camp features clean washing facilities (hot showers and flushing Western style toilets) and a restaurant building with a small bar (note that between October and April certain facilities are closed and alternatives provided. While in Elstei all meals are provided.
Cost of horse riding?
Most ger camps maintain a herd of horses which are available to rent for US$5-10 an hour. Otherwise you can negotiate (through your guide) with passing nomad or locals who have set up an informal business. The better places will have riding helmets, boots and excellent equipment.
Mongolian horses are bred and herded in the open and live in a feral state, thus all riders should take the following precautions and are required to confirm they have read the following information:
13 Horse back Riding Rules:
- When approaching the horse, have your horse guide hold the reins and come up to the horse guide’s
- When mounting the horse, put your left foot in the stirrup and swing your right leg over without touching
the horse’s rear and insert the tip of your right foot in the other stirrup.
- When the horse starts to move, hold the reins with your right hand, gently say “Chu,” and guide your reins
according to the direction you want your horse to move (right, left, straight on, etc.).
- When on the horse, observe the ground for any holes, ditches, knolls, stray garbage, metal wires, etc. that
might cause the horse to shy.
- Refrain from suddenly quickening the pace, sharply pulling the reins or whipping the horse.
- When mounting or dismounting, always have your horse guide help you.
- When mounting, always approach the horse from the left side, towards its chest (as opposed to its rear).
- Refrain from petting or scratching the neck, head or other parts of the horse.
- When going downhill do not quicken the pace or gallop.
- When not riding, do not get close to the backside of the horse.
- When riding the horse in springtime, gently pull on the reins or keep them relatively tight due to the fact
that the horses tend to have weaker legs then, which may cause them to stumble or fall.
- When riding the horse, be wary of anything that might fall from you or be blown away by the wind, such
as your hat, scarf, handkerchief, binoculars, camera, knapsack, bag, etc.
- When riding the horse refrain from carrying anything with you that crackles or makes other excessive noises.