Horse riding in Normandy

Normandie Tourisme

A discovery of Normandy would be incomplete without a mention of this region's passion for horses.

Discover the Normandy countryside from on high, perched in the saddle of your trusty steed. Hire a horse for the day to trot along bridleways, meander through parks and forests or simply take a lesson.

Au galop!

The French equestrian region

There are studs and equestrian centres throughout Normandy and many of them cater to families and English speaking visitors for you to organise horse-riding to suit whatever plans you have...whether it's for just a few hours gentle hacking in the forest in Eure, or crossing the Mont-Saint-Michel bay on horseback for a once in a lifetime experience, a few days touring along coastal paths and beaches of Cotentin or through the verdant slopes of the Suisse-Normande.

Horse riding

> Horse riding clubs

Plan your itinerary

> "Horse riding trails in Normandy" (PDF)


Practical information

'Accueil Cheval' Accommodation


Facts and figures

About Horses and Normandy

• 4,400 companies

• France’s leading horse-breeding region: 8,300 horse breeders with 10,000 births a year

• 40% of the French racehorses bred

• 20% of the sports horses and 60% of the winning horses bred

• Nearly 1,000 stallions siring half the thoroughbred, French trotter and French saddle horses in France

• 238,000 hectares of pastures devoted to the equine industry

• 300 horse-riding centres

• 31 hippodromes

• €620 million in sales

• Two national stud farms and around 24 private stud farms

• The Institute of Horse Pathology, the only one of its kind in the world

• The Franck Duncombe Laboratory devoted to equine biology, number two in Europe

• Deauville Airport, which specialises in transporting horses.