We're heading to the Big Island in a couple of months, and we'd like to do one of the riding tours.
Can anyone recommend a reputable stable/ranch to go with?
I looked up all of them on Tripadvisor, and it's hard to sift through what it all really means. People tend to feel compelled to write reviews when they're upset about something, so they tend to be weighted towards the negative side. Plus the reviews from people who don't know anything about horses seem to be very positive, whereas the reviews from horse-savvy people tend to be pretty negative.
So, I've found that King's Trail Rides seems the very best, but they're also the most expensive, especially since there will be 4 of us. I might get what I pay for.
We really wanted to ride the Waipio Valley, but all the reviews from people who know horses tend to indicate a lot of negligence in the care of the horses, and just generally a rudeness of the guides, including insults and nearly extorting tips.
Some people say the Waipio Valley is fascinating, others say it's an inhospitable mud-pit.
These rides aren't cheap, and it's something that can be very memorable - in both good and bad ways, so if anyone is familiar with any of these outfits, please give your opinion and recommendations.