Take the reins in Reykjavik

If dressage isn't quite your thing, why not take your pick of trail-riding holidays? Arctic Experience (01737 218801) is offering five- to-nine-day coastal rides in Iceland for both novice and experienced riders, from pounds 831 excluding flights.

For a more energetic, whoop-and-go holiday, try Hungary. A 12-day tour in the Hortobagy National Park in eastern Hungary costs about pounds 120 per day. For groups of six or more, tailor-made trails can be arranged. Further details from the Hungarian Tourist Office (0171-823 1032).

Turkey may be too hot for riding in the summer, but in September and October you can ride pleasantly through the wine districts with J & C Voyageurs (01235-848747) for a week for about pounds 835 including accommodation - or you can ask for your own tailor-made tour.

Much further east, Steppes East (01285 810267) offers trail rides in Mongolia as part of longer tours: the Reindeer Herders of Hovsgal (27 July-14 August) costs pounds 2,370, whereas Riding with Eagles (14-28 August) costs pounds 2,270.

If you want to indulge your Western fantasies, American Round-up (01404 881777) can help you with an eight-day (six days' riding) Pony Express tour in Wyoming, for pounds 880 excluding flights. They also have trail rides in Arizona, Utah, California, South Dakota and Vermont, with prices starting from pounds 475.

Journey Latin America (0181-747 8315) can arrange eight-day (seven nights) rides in the Andes near the Chilean border in western Argentina, for pounds 856 all-inclusive with catered camping. The ultimate in luxury equestrianism could be the 10-day riding safari in Kenya, with accompanying mobile support camp of the most pampering sort, for pounds 4,500, organised through Cazenove and Loyd Safaris (0181-875 9666).

For a one-stop shop for an impressively wide range of riding holidays worldwide, contact Equitour (01865 5211642).

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