Riding trips, riding lessons and riding for children

HORSE RIDING SUMMER/AUTUMN 2019

Our horseback riding season begins in early June 2019. You are welcome to book rides or riding holidays here. If you wish to book a private ride without other riders than yourself/those in your group, please can contact us for prices.

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Trail rides for all levels of experience

Full-day rides, and 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4 hr rides

1 hr ride
1 hr rides are recommended for children of school age and adults without much prior experience. We ride through gentle terrain on paths and dirt roads. The ride gives you a teste of what it is like to venture into the wilderness on horseback, and it is a great family activity for both big and small to enjoy.
Price: 450,- per person. Lower age limit is 8 yrs. Children under 10 yrs with no previous riding experience must participate in a instructed class in the arena before the trail ride. You should master the walk to participate.

2 hr ride
We have several 2 hr rides for different levels of experience: level trot and level canter. To participate in the level trot rides you must master the trot well. To participate in the level canter rides, you must master canter well. The 2 hr rides take us further into the mountains, and we have plenty of routes to choose from depending on the level and wishes of the group. We can climb mountain tops, ride through quiet birch forest and explore dirt roads and forest trails through the wilderness.
Price: 650,- per person. Lower age limit: 8 yrs, must master trot or canter.

3 hr ride and 4 hr ride
You must master fast canter well to participate on our 3 and 4 hr rides. The rides traverse varied terrain, with plenty of opportunities for trot and canter. Our guides will pick the best routes available, there are many options to choose from! We can climb mountain peaks, ride alongside canyons and waterfalls, over rivers and across the plateau where we occasionally spot wild reindeer. We offer rides of a lifetime for experienced riders!
Price: 750,- per person for 3 hr ride 850,- per person for 4 hr ride Lower age limit: 12 yrs, must master canter.

Full-day ride
You must master fast canter well to participate on our full-day rides. The rides traverse varied terrain, with plenty of opportunities for trot and canter. We arrange full-day rides every Thursday and Saturday. These rides allow you to experience the very best of Venabygdsfjellet. We particularly recommend the Thursday full-day ride: we climb two spectacular mountain peaks with views over Venabygdsfjellet, Guldbrandsdalen and Rondane and Jotunheimen national parks. We arrive at Venabus summer farm, Lykkjesetra, where the horses are released into the pasture and we are served a traditional farm lunch of sour cream porridge, cured meats, sour cream waffles and strawberries. After lunch we wander home on quiet trails through dense birch forest.
Price: 1450,- per person for full-day rides including farm lunch (Thursday) or campfire lunch (Saturday). We will accommodate any allergies and dietary needs, please inform us of any special requirements when you make your booking. Lower age limit: 12 yrs, must master canter.

Private ride
An opportunity to tailor you very own trail ride according to your group’s needs and wishes! Whether you are a first-time rider or experienced equestrian, we can adjust our rides according to your needs. Our experienced guides and lovely horses will give you the ride of a lifetime on routes to fit your level of experience. Novice riders can improve their horseback skills in gentle terrain and explore both lush forests and great open views of the surrounding mountains. Experienced riders can traverse mountain peaks, enjoy exhilarating gallops on dirt roads, explore the majestic Dørjuvet canyon and much more.

Private rides are available if Venabustallen has capacity outside our scheduled rides, so please book as far in advance as you can. Contact us for more information and prices!

Instructed classes in the arena

Instruction (40 min) in our outdoor riding arena, and instruction with a following 1 hr trail ride.

Instruction in the arena (40 min)
We highly recommend an instructed class for riders with little or no previous experience – or for those who wish to brush up on their equestrian skills. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors teach you the basics of horseback riding necessary to participate on our trail rides. You will learn how to start, stop and turn your horse, correct posture and balance exercises, and some trotting for those who wish.
Price: 450,- per person. Lower age limit: 7 yrs

Instruction with a following 1 hr trail ride
A great opportunity for someone who has little prior riding experience, but who prefers a longer horseback experience. You will spend between 1 hr and 45 min to 2 hrs in the saddle. You will learn the basics of riding in the arena, and then embark on a 1 hr ride in gentle terrain where you can put your new skills to the test. Price: 650,- per person (provided that the trail ride immediately follows the instruction) Lower age limit: 7 yrs

*Note: We can provide instructed classes in Norwegian and English, and occasionally in Dutch and Spanish. Please contact us for further details.

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Lead pony rides

15 minute lead ride
Suitable for young children to make them comfortable on horseback. The trail winds through quiet birch. All children get their own horse and are led by a stable employee.
Price NOK 150 per person. No lower age limit, but parents must accompany small children on the ride.

30 minute lead ride
Suitable for slightly older children, and a great start if you are considering an instructed class. The trail winds through quiet birch. All children get their own horse and are led by a stable employee.
Price NOK 300 per person No lower age limit, but parents must accompany small children on the ride.

60 minute lead ride
Suitable for older children or nervous adults who would like a fun nature experience on horseback, but are not comfortable riding on their own. Our experienced horses and guides will help you relax and enjoy the experience!
Price NOK 600 per person. Lower age limit: 5 yrs.

CONTACT US

Venabustallen
Venabu Fjellhotell
Rondevegen 840
2632 VENABYGD
NORWAY
Phone number.:0047 9221 3456
E-mail:post@venabustallen.no