On a trip to Tunisia, you’ll be able to experience the rich culture and history of horse riding, come face to face with Arab horses or Berber horses, and see fantastic sights, including the desert, the beach, and many areas popular with tourists.
A horse riding holiday in Tunisia is a wonderful way to see this country and all that it has to offer. Horse Tours Club is ready to help you find a Tunisian horse riding experience you’ll never forget.
Tunisian Equestrian Culture and History
Horse riding in Tunisia dates back hundreds of years, all the way to the Berbers, a group of people indigenous to North Africa. Berbers, also called Amazigh or Imazighen, were excellent horse riders, and they are closely associated with the breed of horse called the Berber horse or the Barb horse.
Because of their horse-riding prowess, the Berbers had great military superiority for a time. They are considered the best riders of that time.
Today the legacy of the Berbers lives on through the still-strong culture of horseback riding and the Berber horse breed.
Horse Breeds in Tunisia
The Berber horse is one of the most common breeds in Tunisia. These horses are very courageous and have strong nerves. They are loyal and people-oriented.
Barbs are considered light riding horses with narrow heads, powerful front ends, hardy legs, and sturdy hooves. They can have a variety of colors, including gray, black, bay, brown, and chestnut.
Barbs are often mistaken for Arabian horses. Also called the Arab horse, Arabian horses are another commonly found breed in Tunisia. This breed originated on the Arabian Peninsula, but has spread throughout the world by war and trade.
The Arab horse has a distinct and recognizable wedge-shaped head, large eyes and nostrils, and small muzzles. Most Arabian horses have a good temperament, though they are classified as a “hot-blooded” breed, which means they are bred for speed and intelligence, but that intelligence means they don’t tolerate inept or abusive training practices.
Horse Riding Holidays in Tunisia: What You’ll See and Do
During your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see some fantastic places as you travel across the Tunisian landscape.
Tunisia is home to a portion of the vast Sahara Desert, which is the largest hot desert in the world and the third largest desert overall. It’s about 3.5 million square miles (9.2 million square kilometers).
Often when we picture riding across a desert like this, we picture camels, but horses are the best way to travel in style. On your vacation here, you’ll be able to see what’s so special about this desert as your horse plods through the sand.
Not only will you be able to see the great Sahara Desert, but you can also see some of the oases in it. The Sahara has over 100 oases scattered throughout its sands. An oasis is a truly special spot in a desert where water is found. The beautiful vegetation surrounding the water is often the only thing around for miles.
We can’t forget the breathtaking beaches on the northern side of Tunisia. When you travel from the desert to the Mediterranean, you’ll feel like you’re in a different world. With palm trees and white wet sand, a ride along these beaches is a delight.
From sandy beaches to sandy deserts, you’ll have a brilliant time in Tunisia. Horse Tours Club offers worldwide horse riding tours, ensuring quality and safety for its customers. Book your Tunisian horseback riding tour through Horse Tours Club today!