The nature under Mt. Stol offers ideal possibilities for horse-riding, which is popular among locals and visitors. The rich tradition of horse breeding in the villages beneath the Karavanke mountain range have played an important role in development throughout history. The horse represented a status symbol – a precious possession in every farmhouse.
Horses have played an important role throughout human history all over the world, both in warfare and in peaceful pursuits such as transportation, trade and agriculture. They have been racing across the landscape for more than 50 million years – much longer than our own species has existed. Once horses and humans encountered each other, our two species became powerfully linked. Humans domesticated horses some 6,000 years ago and, over time, we have created more than 200 breeds. As we have shaped horses to suit our needs on battlefields, farms and elsewhere, these animals have shaped human history. They have also captured our imagination and hearts. Millions of people rely on horses as their spirited, dedicated, much adored companions.
Žirovnica offers many different riding paths in the flat terrain of the valley. It is also possible to go on a horseback tour to higher mountain areas. You can take a ride in a traditional horse-drawn cart called a zapravljivček (a ‘spender’) which was the most popular form of transport used for special occasions.
The Zima riding centre in Žirovnica organises a horse-riding school for beginners, whether adults or children, whilst recreational outdoor riding is also available, among other pursuits.
The Stol Equestrian Club, which has a tradition dating back over 20 years, is an important association active in organising local events and horse-riding competitions.
Welcome to Žirovnica where you can discover the rich beauties of our natural and cultural heritage on a nostalgic and authentic way – from the saddle.
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