Puszta Riding – Follow the Magyar Hoofprints

£1.370 per person sharing

Puszta Riding makes you feel like a real Magyar rider!

Homoki Lodge offers a fantastic way of riding through the Puzsta, you will enjoy fields of flowers, lush forests and wetlands (depending on the season). You will be trotting along sandy tracks and gallop over wide-open fields of green. Free your mind and find your soul on the back of these very well trained horses!  Homoki’s horses are fit, strong and healthy Hungarian Warmbloods. The Breed was developed at the Mezohegyes State Stud in Hungary. As a result of selective crossing out of Gidran, Kisberi, Achal Tiki, Nonius, North Star Furioso and Arabs, a ‘warmblood sport horse’ was born. Homoki keeps the  horses  in a herd nomad style, the reason for this is that it gives the horses time to sort their hierarchy and they are working relaxed and willing under the rider as soon as the hierarchy is clear.

The Puszta riding also offers a wide variety of non-riding activities. Enjoy a ride on one of the fat-bikes or watch wildlife on a jeep safari. Visit a local market and shop for some souvenirs or stroll through the city of Szeged. Visit the horse theatre or the Kurultaj Festival (depending on the time of year). Learn the old tradition of Magyar archery or watch the Hungarian Cowboys at a horse riding show. Visit the Puszta in May, you can see the Mayfly Blooming

Homoki Lodge take novice riders, advanced riders and expert riders. The horses on riding holidays work hard week after week and even with regular breaks and good tack it is hard work for them, therefore the maximum weight is 187lb (85kg). Though an experienced rider, who may exceed the weight limit, may ride very light on the horse’s back. So, please do check with us first.

 

Day 1 - Arrival

If transfer is part of your package, you will be met by the driver at the Budapest Airport or at arranged meeting point. This one and a half to two-hour trip will take you through the Hungarian Southern Great Plain. Near the end of your journey you leave tarmac roads and continue on sandy tracks to the secluded Nature Quest Resort of Homoki Lodge. You will be introduced to your accommodation at Homoki Lodge or Homoki Yurt Glamping Ground, the Homoki Dine and the horses. In the evening you will have a typical Hungarian meal. If you arrive early in the afternoon (before 14:00) there is the the possibility of a short introduction ride later in the afternoon.

Day 2

Discover the Southern Hungarian Puszta and get acquainted with the sure footed, untiring Hungarian Warm blood horses. Experience the openness of the country, the seemingly never ending sandy tracks, meadows and ride even through pine and acacia forests. You might spot some of the local wildlife including hare, roe deer, fallow deer or wild boar. Perhaps you will enjoy a fast ride with a long canter across the rolling plains this afternoon, where the horses can show what they are made of!

Day 3

Today you will have a full-day village Ride. The ride will pass well-kept crops and fruit orchards following the border of the surrounding farm steads. Finally you will reach a typical Hungarian village in the Puszta Plains of Hungary. Learn about its population and how they build their homes and yards. See happy pecking chickens in theirs gardens with crops of vegetables. The guide will show you the infrastructure like the school, majors house, church and the park. Lunch can be taken at the Presszo where they prepare the most gigantic Hamburgers in Hungarian style, a must try! On the way back we either ride through the forests with shade or we may gallop via the nearby plaines.

Day 4

The morning will take you to the lovely blooming meadows, full of seasonal flowers such as uncountable Red Poppies, Bugac Orchid, small Pasque Flower, Sea Aster, Autumn Lady’s-tresses, Giant Hungarian Daisy, Tisza-parti Margitvirág, Hungarian Milkvetch and Marsh Gladiolus. A dream for horse riders from all over the world. Discover this untouched refuge by steady paces and even gallops for the keen riders.

In the afternoon you ride through the Nature Reserve with rare species of birds, beetles and wild orchids along the Ásotthalmi „Csoda Rét“ or „Miracle Meadow“, which was founded by the Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph I and Queen Sissy.

Day 5

Today you will have the longest ride across the plains to the Buffalo Reserve. The ride offers beautiful scenery of the flat Puszta landscape. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the observation platform to see protected wetlands through the naturalisation of water buffalos (bubalus bubalus). After you have enjoyed your picnic and you and the horses had some rest, you will enjoy your ride back to the lodge

Day 6

Follow The Hoof prints of The 19th Century Highwayman. Ride and discover the former wetlands, which represented an ideal area for the bandits to hide themselves from the authorities an finally pass the legendary ‘Rózsa Sándor Tree’. Followed by a visit to the newly opened Rózsa Sándor commemorative house in Ásotthalom to learn more about this famous folk hero.

Day 7

Enjoy your last day of riding through the Puszta. Let the horses, once more, show you what they are made of and gallop over the fields or sandy tracks. Listen to the sounds of nature and breath the fresh air.

Day 8

After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the Puszta.

Of course you can skip a day of riding to visit the city of Szeged or join one of the other activities that Homoki offers.

Market Rides can be done on every third and fourth Sunday of the month in the nearby villages. Rides leave after breakfast towards the market place. At arrival horses are taken care of while you can walk into the markets and dive into the lively bustle of the market traders. Life stock, antiques, fresh goods, clothes and everything one can imagine is haggled for. Around noon taste the freshly prepared local specialities like the locals do. Ride back and enjoy some canters over meadows and the never-ending sandy tracks.

Included

  • 7-nights
  • full-board basis
  • 4 to 5 hours riding daily.
  • Accommodation in a Cosy Double Room