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Island Equestrian Center

Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-4677
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Type: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Beginners and advanced riders enjoy the experience of horseback riding - not a trail ride or single file riding -along the scenic beaches of South... more » Owner description: Beginners and advanced riders enjoy the experience of horseback riding - not a trail ride or single file riding -along the scenic beaches of South Padre Island. « less
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Enjoyed a gorgeous, morning ride along the beach. Colton, our guide, was the best! He took the time to chat with everyone and even take pictures for you while on his own horse! If you're in a small group, he'll even take you back behind the sand dunes. He even showed us how to get into 2nd gear (a trot)... More

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Wimberley, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A horseback ride on the beach has always been on my bucket list. This ride was all I could have hoped for. Todd was careful to pair riders with the horse best suited for them and paired me with Dozer, which was a perfect match for me. Even with the big group he was constantly overseeing that everyone was comfortable... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This needs to be on your bucket list. We did the sunset horseback ride and it was amazing. Todd, Arnold and Orlando were the guides and they did an excellent job of pairing people to the right horse based on your stated experience. From the gulf side to the bay side, it was a truly unique experience, laid back and... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

In 1995, I was reporting from Padre Island on Spring Break. I stopped by the equestrian center and asked for two spirited horses. Went for the sunset ride on a horse that was fresh off the track from Mexico. The hostler said go ahead and have fun. Memories of a lifetime. Thanks for the memories....C. Schaefer Denver, CO

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

I got Crush and my husband got Dozer. Both very nice horses. It was my husbands first time and Dozer was great. Crush was receptive to my "commands" (I should say suggestions, these horses are all very aware of where to go and what to do) when I prompted her for a trot she was eager to go. I would... More

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Senior Contributor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

My wife and oldest daughter rode the horses. They enjoyed the ride and felt the ride and horses met expectations. On the other hand,I took my young son and younger daughter on the ATVs. This was an extreme disappointment. As soon as I walked up and took a look at the ATVs I knew I made a mistake. One chain... More

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SPI-Native, Owner at Island Equestrian Center, responded to this review

First, we're pleased that your wife and daughter enjoyed their horseback ride. Second, I apologize to you and your son for not meeting your expectations of our ATV rentals. I had already done as you suggested and bought 6 new ATVs 30 days before you rode them, but as you can tell, the rental of ATVs is brutal on equipment.... More

Falmouth, Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Our family did the sunset ride with Dakota and had a wonderful time. The horses appear well cared for and were well behaved. Dakota and Jena made sure that the riders were well matched to their horses. Dakota was an excellent tour guide with great stories and who took excellent photographs for us. Where you ride on the island is... More

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McAllen, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I recently went to ride for my birthday and my wife and I had a great time. The owner was extremely courteous over the phone when I explained we were running late, and assured us they would wait for us. The guide for the ride, Camille, was also very very nice and took the time to make sure we were... More

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SPI-Native, Owner at Island Equestrian Center, responded to this review

Hi Jeff, we are very please that you and your wife enjoyed our sunset ride. I also thank you for your excellent communication with us while you were traveling late. It's good you didn't speed and get a ticket or have an accident in-route...we'd rather wait on you. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review and we... More

Brownsville, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

You would think that riding horses on the beach is overrated and that it'd be the same as anywhere else. But it is, just riding at a nice pace along the beach with the gulf air it's truly a magical experience.

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SPI-Native, Owner at Island Equestrian Center, responded to this review

Hi Evelyn, you are correct, we too appreciate the "magical experience" every time we ride onto the beach. It's hard to describe, but all of the day-to-day pressures seem to fade away while riding a horse on the beach. We look forward to riding with you again soon, Doyle More

Laguna Vista, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I've only been once but it was a great time. The wranglers will find you a mount suitable for whatever riding level you are, from very beginners to experienced riders. The horses are well-cared for and healthy. The ride starts on the bay side and shifts over to the beach. They even include an area for galloping, if you feel... More

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