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your time out at Edersee




With us in the Hotel and SPA Resort Freund at the Edersee you can expect our own stud farm with Finnish horses. Mini ponies also live here. The riding horses are descended from selected cold-blooded horses from the Finnish State Stud. We have been successfully breeding the versatile Finnish horses ourselves here in Oberorke for many years.
Our stables directly at the hotel, close to the Edersee, with boxes for guest horses, our own indoor riding arena with outdoor facilities as well as spacious parking areas and pastures are located just above the hotel. From there you can ride out directly into the beautiful nature …
Would you like professional guidance or would you like to make special forays with our four-legged friends? Here you can find all the information about the riding lessons and experiences.
If you have any questions about your riding vacation, we will be happy to help you by phone: +49 6454 709-0 or by e-mail:
Finn horses on our hotel owned stud farm at the Edersee in the Sauerland region
The fastest cold-blooded horses in the world: Finnish horses have been listed in the Finnish stud book since 1907. From 1930 pure performance breeding with pedigree testing began.
The vastness of Finland has shaped the breed: brave and strong for agriculture and forestry, intelligent and light-footed for riding, as well as enduring in the sled or wagon, the horses had to be. In Finland, the fastest cold-blooded horses in the world are used in the popular trotting races!

The ideal riding horses for the whole family
Thanks to its docility, good nature and willingness to serve man, the Finnish horse is also a great companion for the whole family. His strong nerves and tolerance give children as well as beginners special security when riding. The height of the ram’s back is between 1.53 m and 1.63 m. You can find more information about Finnhorses in our blog post.
You will be pleased to make acquaintance with our faithful Finnish horses, they have been part of our family business for generations.
You can visit them at the stable at any time. If you have any questions about our Finnish horses, Melanie Eckel, our riding instructor, will be happy to help you.

Horseback riding through the Sauerland is possible with us under the following conditions:
During the vacation periods (Hesse and NRW) daily without registration at 9.30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday without registration (during the vacations and outside the vacations)
Outside the vacations during the week from Tuesday to Friday with registration the night before until 20.00
Outside the vacations there is no riding on monday
Price: € 19 for a 1/2 riding lesson (for our younger guests)
or € 33 for 1 riding lesson

We ask for your understanding that …
…we do not provide riding equipment for rent for riding through the Sauerland. Instead of a riding helmet, it is also possible to bring a bicycle helmet.
…Horse riding / riding lessons are at your own risk.
… only people up to 85 kg can ride our Finnish horses.
… outside the vacations Monday there are no riding lessons.
… we can not promise dates for riding lessons and rides in advance.

Friendly tip: Our mini ponies are looking forward to a walk. A special experience for our little guests! (Please only when accompanied by an adult and at your own risk).


Hotel Friend
Sauerlandstraße 6
34516 Oberorke

Phone : 06454 709 – 0
Fax : 06454 709-148