I had a response rather quickly after contacting the place i chose and they asked about my experience, hight and weight so they could pair me with an appropriate horse for me. Unfortunately i was the only one who was signed up for this date so i had to fork out with some extra dollars for the private excursion.
The owner Marvin picked me up on agreed time in the morning and we drove to one of his stables. In total he owns 29 horses dotted around in different parts of Monteverde. Me being experienced around horses and having seen how bad some horses are treated in some places did some good research before choosing which stable to go with, and this was a perfect spot. You could really tell that Marvin loves his horses and that they all week kept.
I got the grand tour of the stable when we arrived and Marvin even showed me all different feed the horses are given. One of the best thing with horseback riding is when you walk in to where the saddles are kept, there is no better smell then that of good leather!
Marvin had already prepared my horse so i didn't get to do that myself, saying that this was my first time in a western saddle so might have been a bit lost attempting to fasten it:) My horse was called Rancho, a 3.5 year old, slightly energetic gelding. Not only was it my first time in a western saddle, it was also my first time riding a horse without a bit. This is how the majority of Marvins horses are ridden.
We first set out along a very dusty road but luckily this road led os on to a path in the end and we only had greenery around us. It was a bit of a challenge not ridden for a long time and getting use to sit down in the western saddle while we were slowly trotting down a path. Finally i got the go ahead that we would gallop up a small hill. Didn't have to do much to get Rancho to accelerate, only leaned forward bit and off we went. Riding a horse is like riding a bike, if you ever done it then you get the feel for it again once you up in the saddle.
During our ride Marvin kept on pointing out different plants and he were always keeping an eye out for wild animals so he could show me. This time around he didn't manage to find much wild life though. "He forced" me to speak Spanish and corrected me when using wrong grammar, which is in pretty much every second sentence so it was a lot of corrections going on. He was kind enough and swapped to english when i looked to confused!!! I do know i said this a trillion times but I'm so happy when people make you speak Spanish so you can practice:)
After I believe an hour and a half of riding through different landscapes with some pretty good views, we stopped for a break and a cold drink. Felt slightly stiff getting off my horse by this time. Thought i would have a bit of a challenge getting back up afterward but there was no need to worry. After the break we continued our ride and after about another hour we were back to where we started and it all had to end. I had highly enjoyed this but even if we did gallop a bit i think we could have a bit more of that:)
I rode with Horse trek Monteverde
USD 49/ EUR 43 when you are more then two people
USD 69/ EUR 61 for the private
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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