Thinking about enjoying some horseback riding in Bali, well, we’ve got 9 awesome places on the island for you to visit and enjoy spending some time on a horse.
The 9 Best Horseback Riding Centres In Bali
Bali Equestrian Centre
Bali Equestrian Centre is a huge facility in Canngu that has access to a team of internationally qualified riding instructors.
They have more than 30 horses and ponies to choose from and they’re popular with first-time and advanced riders.
There’s even an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy a break between rides.
Where Is It? Bali Equestrian Centre, Perumahan Canggu Asri Jl. Karang Suwung, Brawa, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Bali Island Horse
This lovely centre near Yeh Gangga Beach in West Bali offers scenic tours of the local countryside on horseback.
They have teamed up with an Australian team of equine experts that ensure the horses are well cared for and properly fed.
Where Is It? C369+F2Q, Jl. Pantai Yeh Gangga II, Sudimara, Kec. Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia
Kuda P Stables
Kuda P Stables, this excellent stable has trainers who have worked in England and Australia as well as in Bali.
It’s owned by an Australian operator and in addition to the usual pony and horse rides, they also offer therapeutic rides for children with disabilities.
Where Is It? Kuda P Stables, Jl. Langudu Desa Langudu No.516, Pangkung Tibah, Kec. Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82115, Indonesia
Bali Horse Riding
If you want to ride down a beach, then this operation on Saba Beach is a great choice. They have 20 horses and most are locally bred.
The ride here includes views of Nusa Penida Island as well as the island’s tallest active volcano, Mount Agung.
Where Is It? Jl. Pantai Saba, Saba, Kec. Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia
Ubud Horse Stables
Ubud Horse Stables is the small village of Desa Pupuan, a short drive from Ubud and if you want to ride in the rice fields, this is the place to go.
They can even arrange a trip around the Tegallalang Rice Terraces if that’s what you fancy.
Where Is It? Ubud Horse Stables, Desa Pupuan Banjar Timbul, Tegallalang, Pupuan, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Ubud Horse Riding
Ubud Horse Riding is based in Payangan, a traditional farming village, just outside of Ubud.
If you want to enjoy a real slice of Balinese life as you are serenaded by tropical birds, this is a great place to go horse riding.
Where Is It? Banjar Amo, Bukian, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
The Menjangan Bali Resort
Even better than rice fields and rice paddies, is the chance to ride through the West Bali National Park.
This awesome resort has a stable of Australian horses that can happily trek through the local environment for as long as you want.
Where Is It? VH42+V6Q West Bali National Park, Jl. Singaraja-Gilimanuk No.Km. 17, Pejarakan, Kec. Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81155, Indonesia
Royal Sporthorse Bali
This is one of the most family-friendly venues on the island with a real emphasis on helping kids enjoy riding, particularly pony rides.
They are happy to host children’s birthday parties and have a petting zoo on hand too.
It’s also one of the few places you can stable your own horse in Bali.
Where Is It? Kec, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan No.22, Kutuh, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
All the horses at Salty Cowboy have been rescued from other parts of the world and the centre is dedicated to providing a safe space for people and animals.
You can do anything here from a half-hour lesson to a three-day horse whispering course
Where Is It? Salty Cowboy, Jl. Pantai Kedungu Kedungu No.3495, Belalang, Kec. Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia
Can You Horse Ride In Bali?
Yes! You can ride horses in Bali. You can find a horseback riding centre that you trust from the list above and then book a horse riding experience with the lovely folks at Bali Res Centre (their contact details are below).
Just make sure you choose a horseback riding company based somewhere near to where you are staying, it doesn’t make too much sense to cross the island for a horse riding experience if there’s one already on your doorstep.
You will be given a comprehensive safety briefing and work with experienced grooms and professional guides to ensure you have a great time if you’ve not been riding before.
Advanced riders can talk to the centres to ensure they get to enjoy more of a challenge as they ride in Bali.
What Is The Weight Limit For Horse Riding In Bali?
You don’t need any previous riding ability to enjoy horse riding in Bali but you must meet the weight limit.
This isn’t a prejudicial limit set to inconvenience you, Balinese tourism businesses hate to turn anyone away, it’s a limit to ensure that the horses remain safe and healthy throughout the experience.
The usual limit in Bali for horses is 90 Kg. This is in keeping with the generally endorsed idea that a horse should not carry more than 20% of their body weight during riding.
This includes the clothing, tack and saddle used and is not just about the weight of the rider.
It’s worth noting that overloading a horse can have a serious impact on its gait and behaviour. Many of the horses in Bali are rescue horses and it’s very important not to damage their trust in their riders too.
What Do You Wear To Horse Riding In Bali?
You should always wear long trousers as well as sensible shoes. We’d recommend that you also cover yourself with sunscreen to ensure that you don’t get burned.
You will be provided with a helmet and we recommend that you use it, but it’s not compulsory to do so.
Is It OK To Ride Horses? Is It Safe To Horseback Ride?
Yes, it’s OK to ride horses. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that if people didn’t ride horses, there wouldn’t be many horses in this world.
It is a relatively safe sport too, however, there are occasional accidents caused by horses kicking or throwing their riders.
You can reduce the chance of injury by dressing properly and wearing a helmet when you ride.
How To Book A Horse Riding Trip or Tour In Bali?
We recommend that you book any travel experience in Bali through the Bali Res Centre.
That’s a locally owned and managed travel service that specializes in Bali tours and travel.
Final Thoughts On Horse Riding Tours And Horse Riding In Bali
Horseback riding down an unspoiled pig stone beach or through lush green rice fields and local villages just can’t be beaten as an experience.
Newbies might benefit from starting with some pony rides before opting for horse riding for full scenic tours of the real Bali.
Once you get back from the rice paddies, please drop in on us in Canggu, at FINNS the best beach club in the world, where you can relax following your horseback adventures.