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.
Photographer: Iris Borst
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. View this map of Texel to see what a recreational or sports beach is.
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.
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.
Competitions and horse events are held all year round on Texel. For Look for a complete overview of the horse events on Texel, see the Agenda.
Want to bring your horse to Texel? Read all the information about horse riding and bringing your own horse to Texel here.