Finding a quality horseback ride in Huaraz and the surrounding area can be difficult if you would like to connect with your animal as opposed to just sitting on a horse. Not only do we provide training for each rider before we leave the safety of the yard, our location is ideal for world-class trails outside of our front gates. Our mountain lodge, The Lazy Dog Inn is located on the borders of Huascaran National Park 30 minutes outside of Huaraz, in-between three indigenous communities, the area is a horse riding paradise of unfenced, rural trails. Just outside our front gates you will find spectacular views of the white-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Negra and Huaraz. Passing by indigenous farms and mud brick homes, via quiet, country roads you can explore and observe the local communities. Our Western riding style reflects the history of the Americas, a style evolving from ranching and warfare brought to the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadors.
Horeseback Ride Training Techniques
A secret to our success with horse rides involves using the training techniques of Dan “Buck” Brannaman, which stems from the natural “horsemanship movement” which stray from the traditional “breaking” of horses. In many communities around the Huaraz area “breaking” a horse involves men with sticks and a case of beer. At the Lazy Dog Inn we start our horse rides by grooming and saddling selected horses to form a personal connection and create a sense of confidence and trust. Once trust and confidence are established this ensures a positive experience for both the rider and the horse.
Location of our Huaraz Lodge & Horseback rides
As we are located 30 minutes from Huaraz, The Lazy Dog horse rides are given by appointment only, run approximately 2.5 hours and are only offered in the mornings to avoid the strong Andean sun and potential rainstorms. Routes offered depend on weather conditions, community activities, and the rider’s experience. We have a number of strong, gentle horses either pasos or criollos, all familiar with our backcountry terrain. All horses are first ridden within the property before going out onto gentle trails through local countryside and communities. Given the altitude and rocky terrain the rides are geared to walking with some opportunities for trots and gallops if desired. For young children wanting to ride, we offer riding in our riding-ring only, as we have no ponies on-site. Horse rides are 100 soles per person for visitors coming from Huaraz, and on-site guests are given preference for any open slots. Pricing includes lunch at the local community café Yura Yacu (open seasonally) providing employment and empowerment to local women, or an authentic Peruvian dish at a local home. Lunch at a local home should be arranged in advance and is offered at an additional cost. Click Here to see where we are located in the Cordillera Blanca and Click Here to read some Trip Advisor reviews regarding our Horseback rides.