Frequently asked questions

Horse keeping

Our horses live in a group, grazing out on pastures most of the year. For the winter season the horses have an open stable system, where they can choose to stay in or outside as they wish. Keeping horses in the same group is an important safety aspect for our riding tours. All of our horses are used to each other's’ company and they have their hierarchy solved. Horses are herd animals, and for their overall health it’s vital for them to have friends and space to move around freely. Our philosophy includes feeding hay as the main source of energy freely all day long. Depending on one's individual needs lucern or other feeds are added to their diet. Fresh water is of course provided constantly. We can offer limited horse boarding services, please contact us for inquiries.

Can I book a riding tour for myself only?

We happily take individual riders on tours. If you feel like focusing on only yourself and the horse, you can book the tour just for you. If you want a private trip, please note it in your booking! Maximum number of riders for one tour is four, including the leader. We prefer quality to quantity! Even first-timers have the chance to go riding in the fields. Beginners are led either by foot or on a rope following the leader’s horse. Our horses are carefully picked and used to this kind of exercise. For experienced riders we have longer tours with faster pace. And if you and your friends have different levels of experience we can split the group so all riders get the most out of their tour.

Opening hours?

We are open on request, meaning since the morning till the evening every day! Usually our rides starts at 09:00/11:00/16:30/18:00. You can call us 8-18 every day +358 400 980 323. Please book your tour minimum 24 hours before. Daylight is the main limiting factor for riding. If you wish to ride after your workday during the weekdays, we can saddle the horses to be ready for your arrival, to set the starting time further. Please let us know of your visit beforehand, so we can be there to welcome you!

How to prepare for a ride?

Here you can find some tips how to be prepared:

  • all riders wear a helmet. If you don't have one you can borrow it from the stables. We recommend using a protective riding vest, you can find them at the stables also.
  • wear comfortable, long trousers to protect your legs from chafing against the saddle. For the flonger tours we recommend not to bring your newest and shiniest gear, as we ride in the forest and scratches are inevitable. If you wish to borrow riding pants please let us know about it in your reservation!
  • jodhpur-type shoes or boots that have a small heel are good for riding. All of our saddles are equipped with safety stirrups, meaning that you can safely ride with sneakers. Wearing gloves is recommended.
  • have a water bottle with you at all times. For the tours we have saddlebags where you can place your bottle. We also recommend having snacks with you, during the weekend some shops might not be open or they close very early.
  • take care of your Insurance cover. Before riding all our riders fill a safety form. Please note: we don’t provide insurance for individual riders in case of an accident. Participating in handling the horses in the stable yard and horseback riding happens at your own risk. Travelers insurance, European Health Insurance Card or Greencard are recommended!
Please be thoughtful and protect horses from contagious viral and bacterial infections. Wear washed/disinfected clothes and shoes if you visit other stables, and remember to wash your hands.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

Don’t worry, s*it happens. Let us know either via email or text +358400980323 if you have to cancel your trip. We will confirm the cancellation in written form. Our cancellation policy: due to Covid-19 situation you can cancel the ride on the morning of the trip. Please be thoughtful regarding other riders; if you consider canceling, let us know as early as possible, so we might open the calendar for other customers. For half-day and full-day trips and bookings for bigger groups we will inform you about the more specific cancellation policies in the booking confirmation.

I don't know anything about horses, I can't ride!

YOU CAN! Anyone can. We will guide you all the way, and show you the basics about horse life if you don’t have previous experience. Our horses are calm and as friendly as horses can be. There are quite a few career women (and men), who have started their childhood dream of horse riding in their adulthood, and now enjoy more-or-less regular time with horses. Many times we hear busy mums taking their children riding - but who would get the mothers integrated to the horse world too? Our programs are mainly designed for adults. Horse riding works well as an escape from the hectic everyday life, it’s like meditation. We love to introduce equestrian adventures to beginners in a safe and intimate environment. It’s not all about riding, just spending time with horses can be quite an experience. The secret with this kind of large prey animal is that you have to focus on the horse while you are around it. If you won’t, the horse will soon let you know! Horses are herd animals and they always have hierarchy system among them. As long as the horse is leaded by you, you make the decisions where to go and when. If the set-up is the other way around then life can get pretty different and dangerous in matter of seconds. The horse doesn’t know you haven’t been around them before (and we promise not to tell our horses if you haven’t got a lot of experience). Working and training safely with horses is about skills and timing that you learn by time, not about physical strength or force. It’s about being present in the moment. Or does having a fight with a 600 kg animal sound like a good idea?

I'm not yet 18 years old. Can I ride?

Yes, you can, if you have a caretaker over the age of eighteen with you.

I want to book a riding lesson

But note, we do not provide traditional riding lessons. Neither of us are trained riding teachers, and our horses are not trained for dressage. We can provide beginner lessons and teach basics and how our horses are to be ridden. Our horses are excellent companions to ride on the roads, among traffic or on different terrains and they are easily controlled by the rider. We know our horses individually and we can advise the rider how to work with the horse chosen for them.

Can I rent a horse and go riding by myself?

No. Our horses are our most valuable assets, and we want to supervise how they are handled. You can make a reservation for a private riding tour tough, and pretend to be riding alone behind the leader’s horse :)

Do you sell horses?

Sometimes we encounter great horses for sale, which are not suitable for our use. If you are looking for a horse to buy, you may always ask if we might know one for sale. We have a reliable translator and we know the market around here. We also have a few contacts that transport horses from Hungary to Finland quite regularly, so if you happen to find a suitable horse from Hungary we might be able to help you. For details and pricing please contact us. For example Shagya-arabians for endurance riding and fun-coloured ponies which might be hard to find in Scandinavia, are on the market in Hungary. Warmbloods for adult riders and riding schools can also be found for sale with a reasonable price.

What is my riding level?

Beginner: A rider with little to no experience. Might have some experience trotting. Intermediate: A rider who is able to control the horse in walk and trot, might have some experience cantering. Advanced: A rider who is able to control the horse in walk, trot and canter. Has been riding regularly and is confident of their own ability. Please note that all of our horses are ridden with an English saddle.

How to get there?

We are located in Káptalantóti, on the north side of Lake Balaton. If you are arriving by public transport from Budapest, the closest station is in Badacsonytomaj. Check the timetables here: We can arrange a pickup from the Badacsony area like the train station or in front of the Egry József Emlékmúzeum if you're coming from the beach. Please let us know in your booking if you need a transportation. The price for the service is 3 000 huf/transport. If you are coming by car, we will give you more detailed info where to park the car. Our horses are located about 1km from the Liliomkert market.


Horseback riding in the heart of Balaton Uplands