Riding and Driving at the Post Hotel in the stunning Italian Dolomites

Situated in the glorious Italian Alps. 4* hotel with pool, outstanding spa and fitness facilities. Daily rides out for intermediate and experienced riders on Haflingers and expert tuition in the indoor or outdoor sandschool on warmbloods and ponies suited to all levels and ages. Choice of accommodation in the hotel or 4* spacious farmhouse apartments. Carriage driving tuition also available from a European master. Ride and Spa. Learn to ride courses for beginners and 'improve your riding' adults' and childrens' courses. A great family destination with something for everyone.

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The Riding

The largest riding stables in South Tyrol. 30 Warmblood and Haflinger horses from own stud. Facilities include a large sunny indoor riding hall and a sand school. Numerous different rides out into the stunning Alpine scenery; half-day and full-day rides up to the Alm plateaus. Highly qualified riding instructors for beginners to advanced riders. Dressage is taught up to advanced medium level, jumping is taught up to a height of 1.20m. Driving instruction on two-span carriages with international champion Hannes Weitlaner. Ride & Spa. Hiking and biking for non-riders.

The Riding Spa

at the Post in Italy is specially designed for horse riders: we have developed our own spa treatments in conjunction with experts from 'Art of Care' and at the University of Deggendorf. The treatments aid recuperation and regeneration after a long day in the saddle. This means that you are fit and raring to go by the very next morning; fully restored for your next horse-riding adventure!Examples of treatments inlcude hot hay and herb treatments, horse hair brush exfoliation scrubs as well as the trademark 'Rider's Massage' to ease and soothe those muscles used in horse riding! Bliss!! There is an extensive range of spa treatments available to suit everyone, including Pantai Luar, Honey back massages and chocolate and almond skin treatments. Please contact us for a full range should you wish to pre book your spa treatments.

Rides out in spectacular Alpine landscape on Haflingers

The much loved Haflinger has been an established breed since the 1800’s and orginates from the Tyrol area of Austria and Northern Italy. They take their name from the village of Hafling, and are a cross between the local Tyrol pony and Arab. All the pure bred Haflingers can be traced back to the first stallion, Folie.
Always chestnut in colour and with their distinctive flaxen mane and tail, they are sturdy yet energetic, surefooted enough to manage the steep mountain paths in their homeland, yet graceful enough to adapt to dressage and other disciplines under saddle. They are friendly and loveable creatures and are renowned for their sprightly gait and rocking horse canter. They are ideal trail riding horses and though small (usually between 13.2 hh and 15hh) are able to carry an adult with ease.

Driving courses

You can take a carriage ride to explore the local area or you can learn how to take the reins yourself in various carriages and marathon carriages The riding and carriage-driving instructor Hannes Weitlaner practices the sport of driving at international level. Tuition is given by the three-time Italian champion and participant in the one-horse carriage-driving world championships.

Horse-and-carriage driving made easy!
Competent and personal: Theory lessons in brightly-lit rooms with small groups. The grips are practiced at first in a »dry run« using the driving teaching device. Experienced and calm driving horses: Now we go out for a drive; the instructor monitors each move and helps with instructions. You will be taking the reins yourself in no time!

Hotel accommodation & facilities

Two possibilities: the 4* Hotel Post, or the 4* Tolderhof farmhouse apartments in a quiet location by the stables.

Hotel Post lies in the heart of this popular mountain village. It has a lovely indoor pool, sauna and steam grotto in the new 900m2 spa and offers various massages, aromatherapy soaks and beauty treatments. The restaurant offers delicious gourmet food from the Alpe-adria region. Special dinner once a week with wine tasting and live music. Sat-TV and wireless internet. All rooms with balcony or loggia, double and single rooms and luxurious suites.

Tolderhof apartment house lies right next to the riding stables at the edge of the village, 300m from the hotel Post. Guests may use all the facilities of the hotel including the restaurant for afternoon tea and the 5 course evening meal. Spacious, bright one and two room apartments for 2-4 people. Choose from B&B or the Post's famous and recommended 3/4 pension.

The hotel is open throughout the year for riding holidays. For details of winter riding with skiing in the famous Dolomiti Superski area, see Winter at the Post Hotel.

Press Articles

The Telegraph Newspaper, Health section.
Horse & Rider magazine.


Guest view:

'Just to let you know that we were delighted with our week in one of the apartments at the Tolderhof Post Hotel in Olang. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and the views from out balcony were stunning - we are so glad that we took the option of bed and breakfast - the breakfasts were superb. Riding out on the delightful halflingers in the amazing countryside was an absolute treat. The riding staff were very kind, competent and very safety conscious - we had some superb canters along the forestry tracks. We will certainly return to this delightful spot in the dolomites. Just to let you know that the fly fishing in the area is amazing - my husband spent many long hours fishing in the rivers which are teeming with trout. There is so much to do in the area and the hotel staff are very helpful with their suggestions. It is so good to have a holiday which actually meets all our expectations - The Post Hotel in Olang certainly does this.' Jane (Sevenoaks).

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Getting there - guideline only

Please note that during busy periods, the horses will have a rest day on Sundays.

The Summer season kicks off at the beginning of June

The nearest airports are Innsbruck (124km, approx 1hr 30mins transfer) in Austria, Treviso (182km, approx 2hr 40mins transfer) in Italy, and Munich (280km, approx 3hr transfer) in Germany. An inexpensive public bus service operates from Treviso and Marco Polo airports which can be booked online when you book your flights. The nearest train station is: Olang (2hrs 30mins with one change from Innsbruck). Austrian train timetable.

Car hire: A week's car hire from Innsbruck costs from c£133 www.holidayautos.co.uk

First Choice (London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Innsbruck).
Flythomascook (London Gatwick and Manchester to Innsbruck).
British Airways (London Gatwick to Innsbruck, London Heathrow to Munich).
Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow to Innsbruck).
Ryanair (London Stansted, Liverpool, Dublin and Shannon to Treviso).
Easyjet (London Gatwick, Bristol and East Midlands to Treviso. London Stansted to Munich).
Lufthansa (London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester to Munich).

Lowcostseats - internet travel agent for charter flights offering good deals.
Jetnav - an independent website searching schedule services, budget airlines and some charters.
Dohop - searches charter and schedule services.
Travelocity - internet travel agents for schedule services.


Austrian train timetable.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos.

Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

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Riding ability

Beginners to advanced riders welcome. Hacking is for intermediate and advanced riders. Riders are required to tack-up their own horses. Haflinger ponies are used for the hacks; they are generally well behaved, sure-footed and are familiar with the terrain.

What to bring

Riding trousers or jeans, chaps or mini chaps, sun cream, rain wear, riding hat and sturdy boots. For overnights in the mountain huts you will need a sleeping bag, a small rucksack and a torch. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, you are advised to bring your own.

Weather

Current weather forecasts for the next five days for Salzburg can be found here and weather information for the Tyrol region and Austria in general can be found here.

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