There are many opportunities for horse riding and trekking around Tilnik Farm and in Slovenia. Slovene's love their animals and take care to keep them in the best possible condition. On this note the Horse Riding season is traditionally from April until the end of November subject to weather. The horses are shoed when Slovenia welcomes the Spring time March/April and they spend some time exercising and getting the horses into peak condition before they'll allow anyone else to ride..
This is a good thing they also prefer to ride out early mornings and evenings on hotter days in the Summer time where temperatures can soar to 30-35 Degrees. This is often the best time of day for both horse and rider.
There are 2 main centres for Horse Riding and Trekking in our locality both facilities offer everything from 1 hour lessons in the manage for the inexperienced to 2 hour, 4 hour Treks through the forest and fields with plenty of opportunities to explore this region and for the more experienced a challenging ride. You can also organize in advance through Tilnik farm to have a 'Horse Riding Holiday' with day trekking, picnics and stop overs on route. This is an area we are still developing and can tailor make a trekking holiday for you so please write to us if you have a specific horse riding holiday in mind.
The centres provides riding hats and the horses wear western style saddles and bridles.
We must also tell you about the Lipica Horse Stud in Slovenia which is well worth a visit and is only 1 and a half hours drive away.
Lipica is one of the main tourist centers of the Slovenia's Karst region. It is the origin of the Lipicanec (Italian: Lipizzaner) horses. The Lipica stud farm was established in 1580 by Charles II, Archduke of Inner Austria (son of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor). Today the stud farm is fully functional and breeds the finest horses for haute-école riding.
The name is derived from the Slovenian word lipa 'linden tree', which is common in the area and is national symbol of Slovenia. The staff at the Lipica stud farm plant a new linden tree for every foal born, with the local epithet 'Lipa, Lipica, Lipizzana'.
The history of Lipica is closely connected with the history of the Habsburg monarchy. At the time when Archduke Charles was thinking about establishing a new stud farm, the Spanish horse was considered the ideal horse breed. Since the soil and climate in the Kras region is similar to that of Spain, Lipica was chosen as the perfect spot for the new farm.
The first horses were bought in 1581 from Spain (24 brood mares and 6 stallions). The Lipizzaner breed as we know today was fully developed in the time of Maria Theresa of Austria, whose husband was greatly interested in horse-breeding.
From the 14th century up to 1947, Lipica was part of the municipality of Trieste. In 1947, it was annexed to Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and included into the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. At that time, the farm had only 11 horses; all others were confiscated by the Germans during World War II.
In the 1960s, Lipica was opened to tourists and new development began. In 1996, Lipica became a public institution that is owned by the Republic of Slovenia and has made significant progress since then. Queen Elizabeth II visited Lipica and its stud farm on 22 October 2008 and was presented with a Lipizzaner horse as a gift from the Slovenian people.