Practical information for our riding tours


1. Number of participants

There are 10-12 participants on our trips. We can arrange larger groups by arrangement.


2. Age limits

From 3 : Small trips with horse led by another person. We expect parents to help until children are confident enough to ride
Age limit 6: instruction on the riding ground. Adults/parents to help small children as they ride
Age limit 8: 1 hour trips.
Age limit 12 (10 for experience riders): Riding week, Riding weekend, whole day trips, 2 & 3 hour trips.


3. Experience

For hand led tours & instruction we require no experience. For those who have ridden a little, we advise an hour instruction on our 20mx40m riding ground before taking trips in the mountains. On our 1,2 & 3 hour trips we have groups for experienced and inexperienced riders. To join with the experienced riders you have to be comfortable in a trot & gallop. For the longer trips and weekend/week programs you must be comfortable in a trot and have riding experience. Please give our staff your correct experience details when booking so we can arrange an enjoyable tour for everyone!


4. Equipment

You are provided with all the necessary equipment for your riding trip. On longer trips we provide carrying room for picnics, waterproofs, etc. Use of a helmet is obligatory for all riders at Venabu. You can be provided with one of ours or bring your own. Footwear should be over ankle height, with a heel and without too deep tread. Avoid trousers with thick seams (jeans). Take warm clothes and waterproofs – the weather changes quickly in the mountains.


5. Joining the trip

Meet up at least 15 minutes before the tour is scheduled to start. In the night, the horses are grazing in the fields, 10 minutes away from the hotel. The day’s first trip starts there. The trips finish at the stables and the afternoon trips start at the stables and finish at the pastures. Ask at reception if you’re unsure of where and when to meet up!


6. Payment

Horse riding which is not part of on of our hotel packages must be paid for the hotel before the start of the trip. A receipt will be issued for you to show your guide or instructor.


7. Food & breaks

We have a food break on all of our day trips. Our Tuesday trip takes a break at the summer farm where we are served a traditional lunch. On whole day trips with lunch over the fire, we take sausages & coffee which we cook over an open fire in the mountains. If you’re a vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, let us know when you book your trip!
On a 3 hour trip we can have a short break if necessary. On shorter trips we have no break.


8. Insurances

Venabu-stables has all the necessary insurance required by law. We recommend all our guests to have their own travel insurance.


9. Groups

If you are a group of 8 people or more, we ask for a 20% deposit. This is non refundable in the event of a cancellation, and should be paid one month in advance.


10. Booking

By e-mail, fax or telephone to Venabu fjellhotell.

www.venabu.no  is managed by Lars Tvete. Updated: 29.11.2011