The sturdy front legs of an Ardennais horse, one of the oldest European breeds. In this region of the Ardennes, the horses are still deployed for farm work and heavy drafting, such as logging.

The Ardennes On horseback among sylvan splendor.

The Ardennes On horseback among sylvan splendor.

  • Words Annick Weber
  • Photography Martin Pauer

While riding a horse, there sometimes comes a point when you feel both grounded and outside of yourself, connected both with your surroundings and with another living being. The Belgian Ardennes offers an ideal setting for anyone hoping to achieve this sensation. Hacking through thick woods and across trickling streams on horseback, riders get a taste of the freedom that comes from time spent with nature.

Located halfway between Brussels and Luxembourg City in Belgium’s southeastern corner, the Belgian Ardennes is a land of charming beauty. Cows graze in verdant pastures, and the picture-perfect ruins of medieval castles rest atop steep river valleys. Deep in the heart of the region lies the Grande Forêt de Saint-Hubert, a sparsely populated 247,000-acre forest teeming with game and ...


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