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Mérens, a small village in the high valleys of Ariège, gave its name to an ancient breed of native black horses celebrated for their gentleness and sure-footed endurance. Prehistoric paintings of animals resembling these horses have been found in caves in Ariège. They're ideal mounts for treks into the hills; the many "fermes equestres" and riding centers dotting Ariège attest to the popularity of this leisurely mode of siteseeing. Most of these centers offer riding lessons as well as guided outings and trips lasting from a few hours to over a week.


Les Ecuries du Biros offers horseriding treks and promenades lasting from one hour to several days. Beginners accepted for promenades of half a day or less.

Equiloisirs offers horseriding trips and riding holidays for adults and children of all levels of ability, including beginners, from a farm in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Soularac horseriding centre in the Cathar Pyrenees  offers riding treks and holidays for kids, teens and adults at all elevations

Mont Béas Farm

A horse farm on the Prat d’Albis plateau near Foix in the High Ariège
Horseriding and trekking in the mountains with an equestrian guide. Beginners welcome for day rides. Open year round.

Haras Picard du Sant is a Mérens horse farm that offers themed weekends in their B&B and gîte accommodations, including participation in the transhumance when they lead their horses up to the high mountain pastures for the summer.

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From 2000 to the end of 2017 ariege.com was a site devoted to tourism in the department of Ariège. The site is minimally maintained now but you can get a flavour of this beautiful area of the Pyrenees.