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post #11 of 16 Old 05-14-2013, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks sereno!!

Your place is sounding more and more and more like where I want to go when I graduate!!
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-14-2013, 03:44 PM
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I pulled up a few photos and the horses didn't look to be in bad shape. All had snaffles and looked in good condition. I definitely wouldn't be going for the horseback riding experience, I get plenty of that, I'd be going to check out the scenery. Also, the opportunity to "swim" with the horses.
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Then you have some "expectations" of what you will get and AS I said, it CAN be a fun experience. As I recall, the Turks is rather flat and dry so try one of the other Islands. Do a little research for the best experience.
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post #13 of 16 Old 05-14-2013, 04:17 PM
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I'm having to think back about 25 years. We did take a cruise, along with 3,500 best new friends, and we took the tourist ride in St. Croix. Hills and lots of GREEN. It was a good tourist ride as far as tourist rides go. Most Island horses are usually small being out of the Paso Fino breed but that may have changed over the years in some places. (not here in the D.R.)

Hint #3: Take long pants with you for riding. The place in St. Croix had used long pants and insisted that everyone wore long pants.

So see where your ship docks and offers for rides.

A new friend up in the hills, campo, with his Paso Fino. Fun to ride with for awhile and no need to talk.
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-14-2013, 05:24 PM
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I personally would do something that you wouldn't normally get to do. Tourist rides are never that fun.

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post #15 of 16 Old 05-14-2013, 05:42 PM
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We had a PanAm Olympic horse trainer/instuctor staying with us for awhile, from Colombia.

He asked me; "Do I see the World differently while riding a horse?"

Answer: "If I didn't, I should not be on the horse."

He said that I gave the correct answer.

With expectations in order, knowledge of where you are riding, and the RIGHT frame of mind?

I'm NOT promoting and I'm NOT saying don't do it. Most of my real life says... understand what you are paying for.

But????? I go back my my friends question> Do you see the World differently?

A tourist ride will not change the horse or conditions. It MiGHT change YOUR life.

Again.... not promoting, just some thoughts. I think that I've gotten too deep into this. Look at my campo friend and enjoy the ride.

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post #16 of 16 Old 05-14-2013, 06:29 PM
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I did the horseback riding in Mexico when I went on a cruise and I was nervous to get there, afraid the horses would be in bad condition. They were all standing around in a dry lot, tacked save for the bridle, big water tubs everywhere and piles of hay. Everyone was fat, happy and shiny. The biggest problem I had was with the 'handsy' stable hands who HAD to lift me up onto the horse. Honestly though it was really fun, it wasn't like your typical 'trail ride', we went right through a little town full of dirt poor but VERY happy looking people, very interesting to see the way they lived, we went through the mountains, a very frightening looking river and saw some very cool looking things. Considering I didn't have high expectations, I was pleasantly surprised and would probably do a trail ride anywhere I vacationed, it's a neat way to do some sight seeing.
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