01/07/2012 07:34 am ET Updated Mar 08, 2012

8 Great Trip Ideas for Horse Lovers (PHOTOS)

From the Caribbean to South Africa to Western Europe to China, it's easy for avid equestrians to add some horseback riding into almost any trip -- you can even ride horses in New York's Central Park. But why not experience something more than a simple follow-the-leader trail ride?

Experience unique gaits, watch exciting festivals, marvel at the power and beauty of the equine acrobat and explore ancient landscapes best viewed from the back of a horse. Each of these trips offer something more for horse lovers who want a memorable experience with a new four-legged friend. Of course, if your traveling companions aren't such horse-fanatics, there's still plenty of reason for them to visit these particular places too.

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