It doesn't always have to be Canada, is the motto of the San Jon riding stable and saloon above Scuol in the direction of S-charl. Together with my cousin and other guests, I enjoyed the Lower Engadine from horseback for two hours.
We meet at 9.00 a.m. at the big square of San Jon. Manuela, our guide, assigns the horses to us and soon there is bustling activity: the quadrupeds are cleaned, saddled and sprayed with insect spray.
After about half an hour we start our journey: Over a big clearing with a colourful flower meadow we ride on our well-behaved horses towards the east. A little later in the forest it is wonderfully cool and we cover the one or other stretch at a trot.
Our way leads us past the lookout point Bain Crotsch, where Agatha – a huge and walkable horse made of wood and metal - has been attracting attention for some time now. But you should also take a moment to enjoy the view towards Tarasp Castle and the Lower Engadine.
We continue on a forest road through the larch forest, up and down the valley. Again and again we catch a glimpse of the village Sent on the opposite side of the valley. Here we also have the opportunity to enjoy an extensive gallop. It almost feels like flying – or even more beautiful!
On the way back we ride on idyllic forest paths over hill and dale back to our starting point San Jon. Stumble?! No chance! The horses of San Jon are not only well-balanced, but also extremely sure-footed. So we guests can enjoy the ride in the nature even more relaxed and immerse into another world during two hours.
We will have lunch on the terrace of the saloon and after taking care of the mounts, we will review the excursion. And as a further highlight about 60 horses full of vitality gallop past us to their pasture just at that moment!