While the terrain traveled was lovely (we rode through a cow pasture filled with grazing cattle and through streams to get to the main attraction - the waterfall), this was not the best guided horse tour I've ever been on. Not because of what we saw, but because of how the operation is run. The guide saddled 20 or so of us inexperienced riders up and given that this took some time, those of us already matched sat on our horses for 10 or so minutes in a small muddy corral, waiting for everybody else to mount. There was no instruction before getting onto these horses so when horses were shifting around, many of us didn't know what we should be doing. Some of the horses also appeared to be a little on the skinny side (and some had bare spots on their backs???) so I worried about their health/happiness as I bounced up and down in my saddle. The incline up and down to cross the rivers were fairly steep and filled with rocks. Some of the horses in front of me weres slipping, which was a little unnerving. And perhaps given that our group was so big and it took so long to mount, we felt as if the lead guide was having these poor horses gallup up long hills in order to make up time (I think the tour was scheduled for 3 hours). Our guides were one very experienced man, a 14-year-old (or thereabouts) boy, and another boy who looked like he was about 6. While the setting was lovely and the horses did all manage to behave themselves, I would have felt more comfortable with three adults leading such a large, inexperienced group. Perhaps they should think about making this a slightly longer experience just so they don't feel they need to rush. Reserving more time for instruction and providing more information about the horses and their care/respect would go a long way and improving this experience.
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July 27, 2013
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please note in Costa Rica no under age kid can work, so this kids that when on the tour that day, riding with us they do it for fun, usually in the farms children learn how to ride before they learn to walk.
our horses are very well treated, however during the rainy season is normal that they loss a little weigh
and normally we do have more guides with a groups
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