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There are beautiful bridle paths and riding trails for carriage drivers both in the pine wood and dunes between De Koog and De Slufter. These are marked on the ‘Map of Texel’ of VVV Texel, with riding trails for carriage drivers marked with a horseshoe sign and bridle paths with a horse and rider sign.
For many riders, riding on the beach is a real challenge. Galloping in the surf with the wind through your hair. On Texel, you can do just that! Riders visiting Texel without their own horse can sign up for an organised beach ride. Various riding schools provide beach rides several times a week, for advanced riders or beginners. You can also go on a ride with Jan Plezier, horse back riding on a real Beligian horse (for experienced riders) or go with a special covered wagon ride through the Texel countryside.
In the winter season, from 1 October to 1 May, horses and carts are allowed on the whole of Texel beach. In the summer season, from 1 May to 1 October, horses are welcome on specially designated beaches (labelled as recreational or sporty beaches) from sunrise to 10:00 and from 19:00 to sunset.
Tip: Mind the tides. At low tide, the beach is wide and hard and therefore perfect for great galloping! At every beach access point, you will find information signs with the (temporary) regulations for the beach in question.
Do you want to explore the Old Land of Texel by horse? Then pick the challenging routes which have been plotted over old farm tracks. These routes take you through the pine wood and across the Old Land of Texel with its characteristic garden embankments and sheep barns. You ride past several beautiful spots and get to enjoy the stunning Texel landscape. Starting points are Hoeve Vrij en Blij on Westerweg in Den Hoorn and Hoeve Bargen on the road with the same name in De Waal. There is free parking for cars and trailers at these starting points. Route descriptions are also available here.
There are several riding schools offering pony and horse hire, riding lessons and island rides for children and adults, beginners and advanced riders. Generally, the riding schools are open in the period from Easter to autumn half-term inclusive.
Manege Elzenhof in De Koog hires horses to both beginners and advance riders. You can go for a ride through the woods or take a riding lesson. Are you an advanced rider? In that case, you also have the option to go on a beach ride. For children, the riding school provides pony hire with or without cart.
Jan Plezier organises covered wagon rides and Belgian draught horse rides. The rides through the Texel countryside take about three hours. Along the way, riders enjoy a coffee/tea break with Texel cake.
Stoeterij van der Linde in De Cocksdorp provides small group rides. Depending on the riders’ preferences, rides take place through the dunes, woods or along the beach. Beginners can take part in an hour-long ride through Krimbos. Beach rides for advanced riders take about two hours. For children, the stud farm offers short pony rides through the woods.