Welcome to the River Valley Stables.
Experience the freedom of riding using natural horsemanship techniques encouraging communication between horse and rider. All our horses are ridden bit less and barefoot. No metal in their mouths or on their hooves.
River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a half day trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday. We offer adventures for riders of all abilities, from beginner to experienced, and our packages can be tailored to suit you.
Check out our various horse trekking options below to see which trek will suit you best. Alternatively, email our Sales Consultants on [email protected] who can help in matching your abilities and desires with the right adventure.
Horse Trekking Options:
This ride is for all abilities. It’s a good place to start if you’re new to horses. A half day adventure, honing your horsemanship skills followed by a horse ride out into the picturesque country side at River Valley.
At last a ride for experienced riders! Now you can get out and have some real horse time fun. This is a half day ride that moves along, exploring longer trails, with lots of opportunity to canter your horse. Experienced riders only.
A full day ride exploring the enchantment of the unique countryside this part of the world has to offer. You need to be comfortable in the saddle at all gaits to really enjoy this.
A full day horsemanship experience. Combining a challenge packed horsemanship arena session with the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learned as you explore the foothills of Pukeokahu.
Multi-Day Horse Trekking Holidays:
A 7 night, 8 day ride. A fire-cracker of an itinerary with the feeling of freedom and adventure at its very core – return to mother nature and lift the veil on an enchanting part of New Zealand while being swathed in Maori culture.
A 2-day adventure with a demanding ride by day, followed by a touch of luxury by night. This ride takes you down into the spectacular Rangitikei river gorge, crossing the river several times before reaching your destination.
More About The Stables:
Everyone takes away something special from their stay at River Valley. See what some of our guests have to say:
World Horse Adventurer
“Imagine if you will, a trip entailing a trail ride ambling through stunning countryside, a quartet of horse treks across gentle and challenging terrain, and a beautiful lodge cocooned in a valley, alongside a raging river, where you feel like you’ve just dropped off the edge of the planet into another world. A magical kingdom in the middle of nowhere that encompasses your every being, a place that leaves you feeling in awe of the breathtaking scenery.”
“The most insane experience of my entire trip. I have ridden all my life but I may as well have been a beginner with the halters and the Australian western saddles. The staff explained all of the horsemanship to me and it was so interesting, the ride itself was so much fun and I was able to go for lots of canters amongst some absolutely gorgeous scenery. All in all – one of the best experiences of my entire month in New Zealand.”
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 5
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 4
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 3
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 2
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 1
A Rising Star's First Hurdles - Working With a Young Horse
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 5In this, the final part of our interviews with 4 Star Parelli Natural Horse Training Instructor Russell Higgins covers off how we should work with horses, and what courses he will be holding over the next few months, and in which countries.
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 4In this, our 4th Interview of the series with Russell Higgins, Russell talks about the most common problems that come up in natural horse training clinics, and what he finds is his biggest challenge.
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 3This is the third part of our River Valley Stables Interviews with Russell Higgins, a Parelli 4 Star Instructor.In this interview Russell talks about how horse and riders benefit from the Parelli Natural Horse Training System, and how this system differs from more traditional teaching systems.
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 2This is the second Interview with Russell Higgins, a 4 Star Parelli Natural Horse Training Instructor. In it Russell outlines what the benefits are to both Horse and Rider under the Parelli System.These interviews took place at River Valley Stables, Taihape, New Zealand, where Natural Horsemanship techniques are the basis of trekking horse training.
How Natural is "It"? Horsemanship with Russel Higgins Part 1This is the first in a series of short videos where we interview Russell Higgins, a 4 Start Parelli Instructor. What is the story behind this Natural Horsemanship business, and why would River Valley Stables adopt it?Does it give both horse and rider a better experience?Watch the series to find out. More information on River Valley Stables treks can be found at
A Rising Star's First Hurdles - Working With a Young HorseCalibre, a 12 month old colt born at River Valley Stables in Taihape, New Zealand, is introduced to a rope, halters and leading for the first time.Didn't he do well?Calibre is part of the breeding program at River Valley Stables that concentrates on raising horses with good constitution, and suited for a horse trekking environment where he will have a variety of riders, with differing ability levels, riding him.