A dream of mine was always to ride on the beach so my husband and I thought it would be a great experience to go on a trail ride whilst holidaying at Rarotonga. When we arrived to go on our ride as per normal I always go and pat the horses, well the first one went to bite me, the second one went to kick me and the only one that let me pat it was the one my husband was put on, luckily (so I thought) because he is a little scared of horses. Out of the four of us on the ride I was the only one that had ever rode a horse more than a couple of times so the guide put me on Benny and told me to stay at the back of the other horses as it doesn't like two horses one of them being my husbands.
So peaceful riding along the back roads of Raro until my horse decided just to take off through someones property, there was no stopping it until it came to a patch of fallen mangoes and then stopped to have a quick feed.
Alls well again as we head into the beautiful rainforest, quite a bit of ducking down as the horses love to walk under the trees with low branches. We came to a small waterfall (not Wigmores as it had dried up earlier in the week) and we were told to get off the horses and leave them on the track. We walked down to a beautiful little waterfall and sat there for a while chatting and taking photos, fabulous spot. When we came back out on the track the horses had gone so we had to walk probably over a kilometre to find our horses mind you my husband and I had no shoes on.
Back out on the road heading towards the beach, we approach the main road of Raro and start hearing what sounded like crackers going off, the horses start spooking the guide says to me tighten your reigns and off I gallop down the beach, I turned to see the other horses a fair distance away and a kid standing on the beach cracking a whip. Was heaven once I settled in the saddle and lived my dream of galloping on the sand and then into the water with the horse until my husbands horse got behind mine and my horse started trying to bite his we both were lucky we didn't come off .
Horses settled, we all enjoyed riding in the water, once back on the beach my horse goes into a gallop, unfortunately it didn't last long enough as my horse decided she was heading back across the main road, going home no stopping for any traffic they had to stop for her.
Heading towards home there was a few times where my horse got near my husbands horse snarling and trying to have a go at it, by this stage my husband had just about had enough and was getting really worried so i just tried to stay away from him, until we arrived back to where the horses are kept my horse just started charging towards my husbands, his horse started really playing up which he quickly ended up jumping off.
My horse carried on for a while until it came to the tree where its usually tied up and I was able to get off.
I would recommend this trail ride to someone that has had a bit of riding experience especially if your put on Benny. Or take the risk, hang on tight and show no fear,
Another warning before you book they do not provide riding helmets so I definately wouldn't recommend it for children.
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