I was concerned when I first started looking into horseback riding in a tourist area. We are a horse family who ride multiple times and week for years. Most importantly, I'm really into rider and horse safety and also the care and well being of the horses who so graciously allow us to ride them. I researched this activity quite a bit and selected Spirit of the West. I couldn't ask for a better experience. Paul and David are very fun and caring (for both horses and guests). I was impressed with their knowledge and care of the horses, as well as their treatment of us and other guests. They were fun to talk to, easy going, and were very careful about how you hold reins and treat their horses. (no rein contact allowed) They were awesome about asking our experience levels, but then also watching carefully before allowing us to pick up the speed. We booked a private ride, which worked out so well. I was able to stay at a walk/trot with my youngest daughter while David took my teenage daughter cantering ahead. It was a great experience, one that I've wanted to do for a long time. I love that it takes place on a deserted section of beach. The only people we passed were a few locals who were extremely polite and respectful of the passing animals. The Caribbean swim was also amazing. The horses seemed to love it, and again Paul was excellent in guiding us through this. This was definitely the best part of the trip (along with stingrays). To sum it up, great experience with a fantastic outfit. I highly recommend them.
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