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“Fun for all ages!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sabine's Smiling Horses

Sabine's Smiling Horses
1 km oeste del cementerio de Sta. Elena | follow road sign from cemetary to us, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
+506 2645 6894
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Type: Horseback Riding Stables
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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.
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Fun for all ages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Our group of four, from 6 to 72, all had a wonderful day riding horses in Monteverde. My husband and 6-year-old had never ridden a horse and they both were well taken care of. This trip is not your normal horse ride through the mountains. At times I would say it was even challenging, which made it memorable! Alonzo,our guide, was awesome. We got to practice our Spanish with him throughout the day. We stopped at a local shop, had refreshments and saw the most amazing hummingbirds, then went to a waterfall where we swam and played before heading back. A wonderful day and highly recommended. Don't miss this while in Monteverde.

Visited July 2013
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TreeTopHouseCostaRic, Owner at Sabine's Smiling Horses, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you for coming to us and riding our horses. We are very happy to have given your family an experience you can share for a long time. You have truly taken the best out of the tour. The horse ride, the coffee stop, the humming birds and even a swim in the waterfall. We are also glad to hear that you enjoyed practicing your Spanish. Sabine
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Monteverde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“a guaranteed good experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We rode with Sabine's Smiling Horses several times in 2012, and on a previous trip in 2009. The horses are healthy and well-maintained, which is not necessarily true of all outfits in Costa Rica. Sabine's guide Alonzo is wonderful, both with the horses and with the guests who ride them. Together, Sabine and Alonzo will ensure that you and your family or friends have a great ride.

Visited December 2012
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TreeTopHouseCostaRic, Owner at Sabine's Smiling Horses, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you and your family for coming several times to our stable and trying new things with our horses and at the farms. We very much enjoyed accommodating your family and new ideas. We wish you find your way again to Costa Rica and Monteverde one day. Sabine
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CA
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great Half-day Ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We did the half-day trip to the waterfall and had a great time! Alonzo, our guide, was patient, kind, and very informative. It helped that I have some Spanish skills, but his English was adequate for getting the idea across. We liked that there was a short hike and refreshment stop in addition to riding. The horses are well cared for and the ranch is fun to visit.

Visited August 2013
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Rome, Italy
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4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful horses, friendly people and one of a kind views!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

My friends and I went to Smiling Horses early August. When we arrived we were welcomed nicely by the owners. They were really friendly and extremly helpful. The guide could not speak English although we did not find this bothersome at all. We actually loved the experience of being involved with a local Costa Rican. He was very patient and it was quite easy to communicate with him.
The horses were gorgeous and very well educated. I have a lot of experience in riding but my friends have very little. Everyone at the stable made them feel comfortable. Sabine picked out the horses for each of us according to our experience level. I found this very personalized and comforting. My horse, Sierra, was a beautiful paint mare who was very finely trained and responded well to my commands. Before we left we were given a short demonstration on how to handle the horse. For those of us who were beginners this was really helpful.
We rode for about thirty minutes until we reached a view point overlooking Monteverde. Then we continued for another while along a mountain ridge with the most amazing views ever. The guide explained to us what we were looking at and then we rode back along a different path that took us to a local coffee stop where we could get something to drink/eat.
This was one of the best activities we did while traveling in Costa Rica and we therefore highly recommend it...

Visited August 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“A really great outing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This was one of the most fun things we did while we stayed at St Elena. We don't know how to horse ride but our guide made everything nice and simple for our 2 teens and us. We did the 3 hour waterfall tour and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Sabine and Guy are also great people and willing to answer questions about life in the region.
Don't hesitate, it's really worth it.

Visited August 2013
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