Horseback riding is one of the oldest, carefully cultivated traditions in Poland. It is worth looking at this phenomenon.
This process of erudition can begin during the most important and most prestigious European auction of Arab blood stock horses in Janow Podlaski, where among the bidders amongst many other wealthy celebrities, Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer, is regularly present. It is in Janów, where the famous bay El Paso stallion, one of the most expensive horses in history was sold for around one million dollars.
Poland is famous not only for its pure blood Arabs horses. Hucul horses from Gladyszow, though inconspicuous, are very patient, gentle and brave. They are the cousins of the Polish ponies which can be seen in the Roztocze National Park and in the research station in Popielno in Mazury. Huculs are great therapists and they don’t have any problems climbing the gentle hills of Lower Beskid.
Several day long meetings in a saddle are organised by many stud farms in Poland where there is an opportunity not only to commune with nature and the landscape but to approach wild animals. Horse scent does not frighten off the deer or roe-deer. Dozens of horse breeding farms in Poland teach the western type of horse riding which is much better and more comfortable for long distances.
Advanced riders can conquer Poland on their own, using the growing network of horseback trails on the Baltic coast (Białogora), the forests of Wielkopolska (Wilczy Szlak) and in the Warmian hills (the region of Kierzbun). The 400 km long horse trail in Sudety zigzags between Lądek Zdrój and Karpacz and the summit of Snieznik can almost be reached by horse!
A trip like this to the countryside is an opportunity to experience one more pleasure connected with horses – a night sledging cavalcade lit by torches, with blankets on your laps and a thermos full of tea with alcohol. During the Highland carnival in Bukowina Tatrzanska, kumoterki races (small sledges once used to carry children to baptism) are a great attraction.