Photos of Mongolia Horse Riding

Photography for Environmental Awareness and Nature Conservation in Mongolia

Photography has always played a role in our work to show the beauty of nature, and to raise public awareness of threats to the natural environment and the need to protect the resources of our planet and to set aside pristine wilderness. We are continuing this work in Mongolia with our eco tourism riding expeditions.

Stone Horse Expeditions into the Gorkhi Terelj National Park and the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area offer great opportunities for photography,of nature, of horses, of riding adventures in Mongolia and of the interesting historic and cultural sites we explore on our horse trekking expeditions in Mongolia.

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A tribute to packhorses.
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Our horseback expeditions through Mongolia's Gorkhi Terelj National Park and into the Khentii Mountains are wilderness adventures, but with some camping comforts.
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Thanks to our skilled, willing and tough packhorses, we are able to carry a well equipped camp kitchen, fresh foods, tents and sleeping bags and a full dining set, like the blue roll-up tables carried by the horse in the foreground.
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Our packhorses generally walk or jog along with our trek at their own discretion. That's much easier and comfortable for all involved. The experienced packhorses are serious about their job, apparently proud of it and act responsibly.
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They fear no river crossings and will enter fast currents without hesitation, sometimes leaving us holding our breath for a few moments as we admire their courage, skill and calm.
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Only at the start of a trek will we  lead one or two of the top ranking pack horses until the initial excitement has abated and everybody has settled into a nice pace. And of course a novice pack horse may need a bit of leading on his first few assignments.
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Otherwise, it would be rather an insult to drag these equine professionals around on a rope. They have a good sense of how far they might go ahead, or fall behind grazing before catching up with the trek.
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We trust them, and really appreciate what they do for us. The comforts we enjoy in our wilderness camps wouldn't be possible without our brave pack horses.
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A tribute to packhorses. . Our horseback expeditions through Mongolia's Gorkhi Terelj National Park and into the Khentii Mountains are wilderness adventures, but with some camping comforts. . Thanks to our skilled, willing and tough packhorses, we are able to carry a well equipped camp kitchen, fresh foods, tents and sleeping bags and a full dining set, like the blue roll-up tables carried by the horse in the foreground. . Our packhorses generally walk or jog along with our trek at their own discretion. That's much easier and comfortable for all involved. The experienced packhorses are serious about their job, apparently proud of it and act responsibly. . They fear no river crossings and will enter fast currents without hesitation, sometimes leaving us holding our breath for a few moments as we admire their courage, skill and calm. . Only at the start of a trek will we lead one or two of the top ranking pack horses until the initial excitement has abated and everybody has settled into a nice pace. And of course a novice pack horse may need a bit of leading on his first few assignments. . Otherwise, it would be rather an insult to drag these equine professionals around on a rope. They have a good sense of how far they might go ahead, or fall behind grazing before catching up with the trek. . We trust them, and really appreciate what they do for us. The comforts we enjoy in our wilderness camps wouldn't be possible without our brave pack horses. . #packhorses #campingcomforts #wildernesstravel #mongolianhorses #horsebackriding #ridingadventures #mongolia #protectedareas #trailriding #expeditions #horsebacktravel #exploremore #horsesofinstagram #packtrips #packers #wranglers #horseridingvacation #equestrianvacation #khentii #nationalparks #experiencewilderness #connectwithnature #beingwithhorses #smarthorses #trust #professionals #equines #horseswithajob
Headed for the high pass.
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This is on our September Khentii Mountains Wilderness Expedition. Its about an hours ride up this valley, before the steep ascent to the pass begins.
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Its a beautiful wild valley,  where we have seen bear sign several times in recent years. This year the trail through here had changed quite a bit, with the changes that the landscape had undergone.
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There had been heavy downpours in July, and from the load of gravel that now covered much of the valley floor we could see what kind of flood waters must have rushed through here.
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The old trail was all but buried in gravel, in other places it was obstructed by big logs, or all gone as the bank on the top of which it ran had been washed away.
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During the ride, we several times come close to the whitewater creek, its fast but just a few meters across, usually. It must have been a raging torrent after the rains.
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Passing this area, we are getting closer to where the trail will begin to wind its way up the steep forest slope towards the pass.
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We will stop for a short rest, then the horsemen will go up first with the packhorses, and the riders will follow after a little while.
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Sometimes there is a lot of new windfall here, and a new route has to be found through it. And we don't want the riders come up and run into a traffic jam of packhorses trying to go under, over or around fallen trees.
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Everybody on our team, equine and human, is well practiced in this ascent. But the humans are still amazed every time about the strength and willingness of our pack and saddle horses to tackle this mess of mud, rocks and logs thrown together on a steep slope.
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The horses do seem to want to get it over with as fast as possible though, and they power up the trail at an astonishing speed. It never ceases to amaze me what Mongolian horses are capable of, and always willing to do for us.
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Headed for the high pass. . This is on our September Khentii Mountains Wilderness Expedition. Its about an hours ride up this valley, before the steep ascent to the pass begins. . Its a beautiful wild valley, where we have seen bear sign several times in recent years. This year the trail through here had changed quite a bit, with the changes that the landscape had undergone. . There had been heavy downpours in July, and from the load of gravel that now covered much of the valley floor we could see what kind of flood waters must have rushed through here. . The old trail was all but buried in gravel, in other places it was obstructed by big logs, or all gone as the bank on the top of which it ran had been washed away. . During the ride, we several times come close to the whitewater creek, its fast but just a few meters across, usually. It must have been a raging torrent after the rains. . Passing this area, we are getting closer to where the trail will begin to wind its way up the steep forest slope towards the pass. . We will stop for a short rest, then the horsemen will go up first with the packhorses, and the riders will follow after a little while. . Sometimes there is a lot of new windfall here, and a new route has to be found through it. And we don't want the riders come up and run into a traffic jam of packhorses trying to go under, over or around fallen trees. . Everybody on our team, equine and human, is well practiced in this ascent. But the humans are still amazed every time about the strength and willingness of our pack and saddle horses to tackle this mess of mud, rocks and logs thrown together on a steep slope. . The horses do seem to want to get it over with as fast as possible though, and they power up the trail at an astonishing speed. It never ceases to amaze me what Mongolian horses are capable of, and always willing to do for us. . #horsesofinstagram #wildernesstravel #wildernesshorsebacktravel #mongolia #khentii #stonehorseexpeditions #wilderness #mongolianhorses #horseriding #horsetrekking #packhorses #mountainpass #adventuretravel #ridingadventures #ridingadventuresinmongolia
A day of many river crossings.
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On our deep wilderness expedition into the Khentii mountains of Mongolia, river crossings are frequent.
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Particularly on one day, when we leave the grasslands and Gorkhi Terelj National Park behind and reach the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area.
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Camp sites with sufficient grazing for about twenty trail horses, with good ground to pitch tents in a sheltered spot, and with easy access to water are becoming few and far between here for a while.
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The tracks in the valley and through wetlands on terraces above can get very boggy, and so traveling with the river is the best bet, crossing it several times and sometimes - the river becomes the trail.
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The horses know this river route very well and seem happy to follow it. They also know a nice campsite with expanses of grass finally awaits them.
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I must admit that some years ago, when we were a bit behind schedule, I told our guests we'd have to cross the river to reach a really nice campsite. I didn't mention we would cross the river seven times..
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We did anyway, and made it to camp just before dark. Everybody was tired, but fine. And I knew they would be. Our guests had been riding with us before. They had become competent trail riders, and were fit and adventurous in the first place.
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A day of many river crossings. . On our deep wilderness expedition into the Khentii mountains of Mongolia, river crossings are frequent. . Particularly on one day, when we leave the grasslands and Gorkhi Terelj National Park behind and reach the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. . Camp sites with sufficient grazing for about twenty trail horses, with good ground to pitch tents in a sheltered spot, and with easy access to water are becoming few and far between here for a while. . The tracks in the valley and through wetlands on terraces above can get very boggy, and so traveling with the river is the best bet, crossing it several times and sometimes - the river becomes the trail. . The horses know this river route very well and seem happy to follow it. They also know a nice campsite with expanses of grass finally awaits them. . I must admit that some years ago, when we were a bit behind schedule, I told our guests we'd have to cross the river to reach a really nice campsite. I didn't mention we would cross the river seven times.. . We did anyway, and made it to camp just before dark. Everybody was tired, but fine. And I knew they would be. Our guests had been riding with us before. They had become competent trail riders, and were fit and adventurous in the first place. . #rivercrossings #wearetrailriders #ridinginmongolia #horsebackwomen #ridingadventuresinmongolia #wildernesstravel #wildernesshorsebacktravel #adventuretravel #stonehorseexpeditions #khentiimountains #tuulriver #protectedareas #packtrips #horseriding #mongolianhorses #rivertravel #wildandscenicrivers #camping #wilderness #campingwithhorses #mongolia #horsetrekking
Always a nice rest stop
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On our summer horseback rides through Mongolia's Gorkhi Terelj National Park we always stop for a break in this canyon.
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This is during a day when our horsemen travel a direct route with the packhorses to the night's  campsite while the riders take a very scenic route through the hills.
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The day's ride first leads to the ruins of a temple deep in the forest, and then crosses a spectacular landscape marked by granite rock formations that is so typical for this park.
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Its quite a demanding day for the horses, with several ascends to higher elevations, to the foot of towering granite walls from where we take in the views onto the grasslands below, the forest clad mountainsides and more rock formations ahead.
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Eventually we come to this beautiful canyon. High above, swifts shoot through the air, their nests are in cracks of the steep granite face.
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And in the shade on the ground, there is lush vegetation, grasses and herbs growing high. And the horses know this is their stop to enjoy the feast of green and to rest after the up and down and the final gallop to the canyon.
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Looking towards the camera with a big mouthful of grass is Jerry, with @lildfromokc, next to him is Shine Khuren (New Brownie), with @sharon.winnett3, and on the right Blackie, with Nyamaa. In the left background is Khongor, with our young horseman Hundag.
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Always a nice rest stop . On our summer horseback rides through Mongolia's Gorkhi Terelj National Park we always stop for a break in this canyon. . This is during a day when our horsemen travel a direct route with the packhorses to the night's campsite while the riders take a very scenic route through the hills. . The day's ride first leads to the ruins of a temple deep in the forest, and then crosses a spectacular landscape marked by granite rock formations that is so typical for this park. . Its quite a demanding day for the horses, with several ascends to higher elevations, to the foot of towering granite walls from where we take in the views onto the grasslands below, the forest clad mountainsides and more rock formations ahead. . Eventually we come to this beautiful canyon. High above, swifts shoot through the air, their nests are in cracks of the steep granite face. . And in the shade on the ground, there is lush vegetation, grasses and herbs growing high. And the horses know this is their stop to enjoy the feast of green and to rest after the up and down and the final gallop to the canyon. . Looking towards the camera with a big mouthful of grass is Jerry, with @lildfromokc, next to him is Shine Khuren (New Brownie), with @sharon.winnett3, and on the right Blackie, with Nyamaa. In the left background is Khongor, with our young horseman Hundag. . #summerriding #grasslands #horsefeed #pasture #horsebackridingmongolia #horsebackwomen #mongolianhorses #wearetrailriders #trailriding #ridingvacations #ridingadventuresinmongolia #stonehorsemongolia #horsesofinstagram #equestriansofinstagram #equines #horseandrider #inthesaddle #trekkingmongolia
Expedition horses in the off-season..
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They still are busy all day in winter. Now their job is to paw in the snow until its time to go home to hay in the evening, and oats in the morning.
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For water, they will punch a hole in the ice of frozen creeks. This as well as their pawing in the snow allows other livestock to get to grass and water.
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The paint horse here is
Expedition horses in the off-season.. . They still are busy all day in winter. Now their job is to paw in the snow until its time to go home to hay in the evening, and oats in the morning. . For water, they will punch a hole in the ice of frozen creeks. This as well as their pawing in the snow allows other livestock to get to grass and water. . The paint horse here is "Alag", and thats just the Mongolian term for this color pattern. He often comes as a spare horse and is ridden by one of the horsemen on our treks. He is a tough little horse. . The bigger guy coming into view at the end of the clip is "Rocket", named so for a reason. He hails from one of the districts bordering with Russia and he has a bit of Russian horse mixed in. Hence his size. . Rocket is our tallest horse, as well as one of the oldest. He has been a pack horse with us for many seasons. . Both "Rocket" and "Alag" have quite a resume. These two, along with "Ulaanbaatar", our self-appointed chief packhorse, used to do therapeutic riding with kids and adults for some years with a previous owner. . They would tune right into that duty as well, being careful and gentle, and giving their riders amazing moments, experiences and support. . #mongolianhorses #horsesinwinter #stonehorseexpeditions #pawinginthesnow #winterfeeding #horsesofinstagram #horsebackridinginmongolia #mongolia #winteradventures #equines #toughhorses #trailhorses #wearetrailriders #horses #snow #winterforest #ridingexpeditions #ourowntrailhorses #horseswithajob #professionaltrailhorses #naturalhorselife #horselifemongolia

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After Your Trip - Guest Photos

We like to capture the images of landscapes and wilderness, and to document the days of the riding holidays with our guests. After each tour, we make a selection of photos and make them available to our tour guests – a selection for the group plus individual selections.