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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What to Do: Play Pirates or Cowboys

A Day on a Pirate Island" is a role-play day organized by Avanpost, a company specializing in adventures involving horses. Participants compete to win by completing sometimes bizarre tasks; other scenarios include the Wild West and a gypsy camp.

In the case of the pirates, although they and horses aren't the most logical combination, organizers have managed to weave equines into the story: Tasks involve picking up a fallen hat while seated on a horse and crossing a river on horseback.

Participants wear tricorns and eye patches, and are treated to "pirate cooking" -- fish dishes. They also have to cross a river hanging onto a span of rope.

Many of Avanpost's historical role plays have to be booked by groups, though in June a Wild West day is open to individuals. With 40 to 50 participants, the pirate scenario costs 1,595 rubles per person. With 50 or more, it falls to 1,155 per person.

A three-day sojourn to the Moscow region battlefield of Borodino (4,500 rubles per person) and a seven-day expedition around the Mozhaisk reservoir (4,850 rubles) don't involve any role play at all, simply riding, sightseeing, camping and more riding. Food is cooked over an open fire, and there are a number of departure dates during the summer.

English-speaking guides are available, and beginners to riding are given calmer horses and put into separate groups on many outings.

Avanpost, Isavitsa village, Mozhaisk, Moscow region,

772-5114, www.bezpovoda.ru