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Sabine's Smiling Horses

Address: 1 km oeste del cementerio de Sta. Elena | follow road sign from cemetary to us, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2645 6894
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Horseback Riding Stables, Sports
Owner description: Sabine who speaks English, French, Spanish and German and offers a variety of horse treks, from...
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Type: Horseback Riding Stables, Sports
Owner description: Sabine who speaks English, French, Spanish and German and offers a variety of horse treks, from $ 19 US per hour to day trips to specialty tours including a Full Moon Ride. Several multi-day treks are also on offer. Sabine's Smiling Horses is a true destination in Costa Rica.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
waterford michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

Sabines accomodated us on the day of our desire to ride. The horses were great and the workers were very accomodating. We were in a group with other riders and the three workers who rode with us took special attention to take care of everyone. The country where they ride is breathtaking. <it is in the mountains and spectacular views.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

In order to know how cool it was to ride horses with Sabine, it's important to know that I have a really bad history with horses. I have always loved them, but the feeling wasn't mutual and after being bucked many times, kicked in the head and generally mistreated by horses, I was a bit timid...but these horses were great.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

I had the pleasure of taking a ride with Sabine's Smiling Horses while in Costa Rica in April. The entire experience was phenomenal. Sabine was extremely friendly and personable right from the start. She obviously was dedicated to making sure I got the most out of my ride. Her horses are very well taken care of (which is not always... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

Excellent tour for multiple reasons. Wonderful people, gorgeous horses, and the views from the top of the mountains are just so expansive and incredible. My husband and i did an afternoon tour and were lucky enough to be alone. Sabine's assistant did our tour (forgot her name), went out of her way to help us, was very informative and super... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

Every summer we go to Sabine's Smiling Horses when we visit Monteverde. It is always one of the highlights of our trip! We arrive at Sabine's Smiling Horses early in the morning. We are always warmly greeted by Sabine, who gives us a tour of the place in order to see the latest foal, bunch of bunnies, a new horse,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

With a nice guide we set out through the hilly landscape that allowed for riding at several paces. My wife had quite some experience with horses and had a lot of fun with the horse she got. I on the otherhand with almost non-existing riding experience had also a lot of fun with my horse. The horses were well-trained. In... More 

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sydney
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

If you love horses then go, go, go to see these most beautifully trained and handled horses. Normally trail ride horses have hard mouths from too many bad riders being too heavy handed with the reigns. Sabine uses a different bridle, one that has no bit, so the horses are treated well and are extremely responsive. My horse, Princess, made... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

I spent three lovely days at Sabine's house and enjoyed a wonderful four hours long horse back riding tour through the amazing Monteverde landscape. If you want to go horse back riding with someone who cares about you and cares about the horses, Sabine's is the right place for you. One of the best and most genuine experiences I had... More 

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Chicago, IL
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

My daughter and I stayed at the farmhouse and enjoyed three different horseback tours here. The horses are solid and safe. My daughter's horse had a scary experience, but never shied or took advantage of the situation, and kept my daughter safe. The horses are extremely well cared for, and the tack fits well and is gentle. Sabine and her... More 

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Harrison, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

I first rode horses from Sabine's stable in 2006 with some friends. I have been visiting Costa Rica for more then 12 years, mostly in and around the Monteverde area. I thought I saw everything I could ever see in the area. I was really surprised on the horse tour, I saw a lot of new trails and views I... More 

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