I have great difficulty in believing "Heart Broken" 's review. The owner, Marion, is a very professional and warm-hearted woman. She was in constant correspondence with me via email. I had a vehicle and drove out to The Riding Academy Ranch. (It's a 20 minute drive from Hato where I was staying ... abour 15 minutes from the dock). Our horses were waiting for us when arrived. Our guides, Jenny and Emilie were waiting for us. It was my daughter's first time on a horse, and my third. They helped us mount the horses, thoroughly explained the reigns and how to "steer" our horses. We spent four hours on these beautifully trained mounts. My husband trains thoroughbreds, and I have been taught to be a bit wary as they are not "riding horses". I had no fear with these. All our horses were gelded, and all professional mounts. I would recommend this ride to anyone, young and old. They love to gallop. But if you are fearful and just want to walk, trot, canter ... they will oblige without resistance. Arriving at the beautiful warm, shallow and calm waters of Lac Bay is the best. The horses are guided to a tree-shaded area where you will dismount and the guides will take the tack off the horses. You can cool off in the water as they prepare the horses for the swim. Again, you are taught how to reign, as their bitless bridles have been removed because of the sea water. They enter willingly and it's quite easy to mount them without stirrups. Again, the guides assist. My mount decided he did not want to "swim" with me on his back for long. But he still enjoyed walking in the water. They are, after all, individuals. It was an experience of a lifetime. As I travelled during the slow season, I even went back two days later to help with morning feed and brought them apples and carrots. I got to meet Marion that day and we had a great morning and developed a friendship. Remember that Bonaire is an Arid island. There are no natural palm trees. What you will see during your ride is untouched nature and if you're lucky, like we were, flamingos in their natural habitat that may fly over en route there and en route back to the ranch as we were lucky enough to experience. There simply are no words that can explain our ride. When I go back, I WILL do it again ... and that will be soon. Please be advised that this is a cash payment. It's a small island and the ranch itself has no means to accept a credit card. My previous horse rides have also been in the Caribbean. Marion's horses have been by far the most well tended ever. They are healthy and very well cared for and most of all loved. I can't wait to go back!!!
I am not sure why I am not able to post more that these three pictures? I had so many to share!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.