Born in the fifties in Europe and more specifically in France while the machine was taking precedence over animal power, equestrian tourism has long since passed over the stage of friendly potentialities to become a pretty concrete reality and to be one of the safest way to develop equitation.

Over a forty-year period, in a society where leisure has become more and more important, the perception of equestrian tourism changed. This activity used to be marginal and hardly considered but is nowadays, undoubtedly, the most suitable way to raise interest, to gather the greatest number of riders and to attract a wide public, thanks to the values it carries.

This practice is open to everyone. Champion or beginner, any rider can immediately access it ; this guarantees to equestrian tourism the largest amount of potential riders. From the easiest to the hardest, those who are wishing to go over their limits through horse riding can become capable of travelling for hours on horseback, to accomplish long-distance hiking and being part of very long journeys.

1975 - FITE establishment

The International Federation of Equestrian Tourism (FITE) has been established in 1975. France, together with Belgium and Italy made this collaborative effort to create this federation. Its purpose is to gather national equestrian tourism organisms (NETOs) throughout the world. Its will is to represent them and supervise their actions in order to develop touristic activities involving equine. Since 2015, Frédéric Bouix (France) is the President and Frédéric Pierrestiger (Canada) General secretary.
In practice

How to organize yourself ?

Where to look, in which order, what precautions should be taken...

First, you need to know if you want to go for a hike (from a few hours to a day) or a trek lasting a few days. Anyway, there is no need to be an advanced rider as hikes for all levels are possible. While on those, an ATE (equestrian guide of tourism) supervises the group. CAREFUL !
It is mandatory to be able to control your horse at all paces and to take care of him.


Trekking in France

The French map of equestrian routes

Choose an itinerary that suits you best.
It is mandatory to anticipate the length you are able to ride. The GéoCheval website provides all of the referenced equestrian routes. It gives you information about the route, duration, length to ride with your horse.


Sanitary agreement


On May 15, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Veterinary Services of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg concerning the animal health conditions governing the non-commercial movement of equids, was concluded. This agreement makes transnational exchanges easier between signatory countries, whether they are on horseback or in a lorry. 

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