I have been on a horse several times before, but this was definitely rather intense yet unmistakably fun! I highly recommend this tour because it is extremely scenic & a "must-do" while on Maui. Some of the drops were steep for the horses, but they were very calm, careful, and safe. They know the trails extremely well and all you have to do is pay attention and be prepared for leaning back or forward depending on whether you are heading upward or downward. The one thing I did NOT like about this trip was our guide, Ra. He was friendly to me the entire time, but was rude to one of the other guys on the ride (not with us). He raised his voice to him because he pulled too far back on the reins, and Ra thought the horse would back down/sit. It was really uncalled for, and he tried to set a very serious tone for the ride. Although you do need to be careful, you also should try to make the trip fun for your guests. We had fun anyway, but I was very disappointed with our guide. REMEMBER TO BRING A HAT, WARM CLOTHES, A BANDANA (to protect eyes from ash) --- can be very chilly at the top, and it's a very ashy ride so protect your eyes SOMEHOW. Bring lots of high SPF sunscreen too because you are SURE to get burnt. Drink water before you go too so you can adjust to altitude and so you don't dehydrate. Consider a small bottle of sanitizer too. It's a dirty (but well worth it) ride and you eat lunch in the crater, so freshen up a bit with that before eating. Also, the ride up the mountain was scary, but just be careful & drive slow. The elevation is 10,000 feet, but I'm afraid of heights and don't regret going. So, if you have this opportunity, take it and just be cautious! :) Have fun.
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