Benefits and rules of the camp
If you opt for a horseback riding holiday in the mountains, you will get:
- an incredible 5 days/4 nights in a picturesque mountain setting;
- overnight stay in a 16-person tent with mattresses and beds;
- three meals a day. In case of food allergies or vegetarianism, please inform us in advance;
- one campfire for all participants. At the same time, all campers will collect firewood in the surrounding forest;
- clean drinking water from mountain streams;
- shower with hot water;
- 4 toilets (provided with hygienic paper);
- a large hut where you can spend time during the rains;
- vats. Depending on the number of group members, you will receive 2 days of vats for a group of 15 people, 3 days for 25 people, 4 days for a group of more than 25 people. Firewood for the vats is prepared by the organisers, and the group members organise the vat itself;
- the opportunity to hike along marked tourist trails to the Rivna valley, the Voyevodyn waterfall and the Gostra valley;
- convenient transfer from the city Uzhgorod to the camp and back.
The following rules apply in the camp:
- music can only be listened to with headphones. However, live music from guitars or other instruments is allowed;
- mandatory waste sorting;
- communicate in a calm voice, without raising your voice or shouting;
- The camp has a “dry law”. The use of alcohol and other psychotropic substances is prohibited. You should spend your time with horses only when you are sober;
- While in the camp, you must not touch or disturb the horses in any way. You must strictly follow all the rules of coexistence with horses on their territory, which will be explained to you during the first lecture;
- in case of violation of the rules, the participant will be forced to leave the campsite. In this case, the camp fee will not be refunded.
The camp is open to adults and adults with children aged 10 and over.
Who is suitable for a horse riding tour?
The target audience of this educational horse camp is adults and children under the age of 10 accompanied by adults. Staying in the mountainous area where the Hutsul horse breed was formed is the best way to learn about them directly in their habitat.
During the camp, the herd of horses within the mountain pasture is enclosed by a special electric fence on an area of 25 hectares. In this space, the horses will be near the participants, among them, or in seclusion (depending on the behaviour of the people). In such an atmosphere, there is the best opportunity to observe the behavioural characteristics of Hutsul horses within their equine society.
During the equestrian camp, you should not pet or scratch the horses, as they are not dogs or teddy bears, but free beings who seek respect for their personal space. The aim of the camp is to directly observe the life and behaviour of horses in the wild, which will lead to the understanding that they are unique living beings with developed intelligence and a high level of socialisation. In nature, horses live in herds, which are large families with close social relationships. Living in a herd in the middle of the steppes, fields and mountains is natural for these wonderful creatures. Staying in a day care centre is an artificial environment for them. Therefore, it is not surprising that you can easily get into the stables and pet a horse, while in the wild, to pet a horse, you must first catch it.
You will receive all this information in more depth at lectures and workshops.
Don’t be afraid that the camp will turn into a series of lectures. During the camp, it is mandatory to attend only the first lecture on the rules of behaviour in the herd. The rest of the lectures can be attended at will. But, as practice shows, the attendance at the lectures is almost one hundred per cent.
During the master classes, the main elements of interaction with horses will be demonstrated: how to lead horses, how to get on horses, which saddle to use and how to stay in different alleys in the saddle.
Due to the lack of knowledge of the system of interaction with wild horses in the camp, the participants, even if they are experienced riders, are not allowed to ride Hutsul horses. This is a correct consideration of the wild horses’ right to personal space. In fact, this rule is an unwritten agreement between people and horses in the camp, which should be strictly observed under all circumstances.
The target audience of this camp is:
- people who love nature;
- adults and children who love horses;
- anyone who wants to be informed about interactions with wild horses;
- anyone who is interested in equestrian sports;
- everyone who intends to take a course in mountain equestrian tourism;
- true equestrians who can’t imagine their holidays without horses and want to gain the maximum amount of knowledge about them.
The group of camp participants will gather at 11.30 a.m opposite the main entrance to the Uzhgorod railway station.
1-2 days before the departure, tourists will be informed about the bus and the phone number of the driver who will meet them in Uzhgorod. The bus will take the campers to 2 water intakes. Tourists with their own cars can follow the bus to the car park.
Then the participants get off the bus and walk 5 kilometres along a picturesque marked green tourist route until they reach the farm Polonynske Hospodarstvo. An SUV will take the tourists’ belongings to their destination.
4:00 p.m – Delicious lunch.
The next step is to set up tents on the campsite.
5:30 p.m – Listening to a lecture: “Ethology. Partnership with a horse.”**
8:00 p.m – Bombastic dinner.
9:00 a.m – Hearty breakfast.
10:00 a.m – Conducting a masterclass: “Human step, horse step, how to walk in a way that moves harmoniously. How to lead a horse so that it wants to follow you, i.e. invite it to follow you.”***
2:00 p.m – A wonderful lunch.
8:00 p.m – A wonderful dinner.
9:00 a.m – A healthy breakfast.
10:00 a.m – Conducting a master class (demonstration): “Cooperation with a horse, when the reins are an element of information transfer from rider to horse, from horse to rider, and not just a control element. Movements of rider and horse at a walk, trot and canter on rough terrain.”***
2:00 p.m – Set lunch.
8:00 p.m – A rich dinner.
9:00 a.m – Delicious breakfast.
2:00 p.m – A hearty lunch.
Dinner – 8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m – Farewell breakfast.
12:00 a.m – Let’s hit the road.
4:30 p.m – Arrival at the main entrance to the Uzhgorod railway station.
*Car parking downstairs 10 km away (even for SUVs).
**Lecture is compulsory.
***Presence on request.
If you want to go for a walk and be late for a meal, your food will be left waiting for you.
About the equipment
Equipment you need to take:
- Utensils intended for hiking, namely a spoon, fork, plate, cup or thermos, water bottle.
- Sleeping bag.
- Flashlight on the forehead.
- High-quality tent and mattress for those who decide to spend the night in their tent.
- Swimsuit, bath towel and personal care products for the shower.
- Warm clothing.
- Two pairs of shoes, one of which must be rubber boots or other type of waterproof footwear.
- Raincoat or other clothing to protect you from the rain.
- Power bank (electricity consumption in the mountains is limited and is mostly used for household needs, in extreme cases it is possible to get it before leaving).
Things should be packed in a tourist backpack, not a suitcase, so that in case of problems with off-road vehicles, participants can carry their belongings to the bus on their own (such cases have not yet occurred, but it is worthwhile to be safe, as the train will not wait).