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On horseback!

Horseback riding in Mérens country

The Cathar Pyrenees are the perfect place for horseback riding. In the land of the Merens horse, there’s no shortage of places to gallop and trails to trot. At horse pace, you’ll take the time to breathe and admire exceptional landscapes from a unique and singular point of view… And who knows, as you ride along, you might come across a few knights lost in the time of the Templars…

Riding trails

From the Lac de Montbel tour to the Cathar trails (GR107 and GR 367) to the Pyrenean piedmont trail (GR78)… there’s plenty of choice for escaping on horseback to the great outdoors, beneath the walls of history and the mountain peaks!

The “voies vertes”, which follow the old railroad tracks between Mirepoix and Lavelanet, and from Foix to Saint Girons, are also an alternative: on horseback or with a carriage, they show you the other side of the picture, what you can’t see from the road as you pass through our villages.

Land of horses

Rooted in our traditions, transhumance is a delight for riders who dream of being herdsmen, gauchos or cowboys, accompanying our herds up to the summer pastures or down to the plains…

In the Cathar Pyrenees, horses will take you on unforgettable mountain escapades in unspoilt wilderness. Horses are part of the history of the Cathar Pyrenees. This is where the Mérens horse was born and lives.

Of course, Mérens horses aren’t the only ones you can ride. Our equestrian centers will suggest the ideal horse (or host your own mount) for your fantastic ride.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, there’s sure to be a ride to suit you.

The Merens horse

Traditionally bred at Mérens-Les Vals, this is a small, light draught horse (1.45 to 1.55 m) that can also be ridden. This gentle black horse will win you over with its pretty head and sure-footedness. Calm and docile, it’s a reassuring horse, ideal for trail riding.

Perfectly adapted to the climate and terrain of the Cathar Pyrenees, he’s an integral part of the Cathar spirit and our landscapes.

To each his own horse

Hiking on horseback or with a donkey

In the Cathar Pyrenees, a number of horse-riding facilities offer activities and rides for beginners or advanced riders, in the heart of a wild and verdant environment! Whether you’re looking for a full-day or half-day outing, a 1-hour or 2-hour ride, or a multi-day accompanied trek along the great Pyrenean trails, we’ve got it all! Our guides guide riders on equestrian trails, passing on their knowledge and expertise.

A different way to hike

On foot or by bike?