On a recent trip to the island of Oahu, I booked a trail ride for my family of six as a birthday gift for my seven y.o. daughter who (wait for the shocker) loves horses. I've ridden horses on three continents and I know the difference between a well-run operation and one that is just trying to take YOU for a ride. I have to say that Happy Trails was the best run operation and the most rewarding horse riding experience that I've ever had (and I've ridden in Argentina, a country known for their horses and their cowboys)! Not only were the horses EXTREMELY well cared for, but both Mark and his staff have decades of experience with horses, both professionally and competitively (Intl Polo circuit). This is SO much more than "just a trail ride" where the horses are nothing more than beatendown robots following the same boring trail. You are taught the basics of horseback riding and it's up to you to control your very responsive horse. I was worried that my 5 y.o. son would not be able to handle his horse, but he did superbly under the guidance of the Happy Trails staff. From the stunning vistas of the North Shore and Waimea Valley, to the laughs and smiles on the faces of my family, this informative trail ride provided us with the perfect bonding experience where you really felt like one with the horses and the breathtaking nature all around you in this tropical paradise. Mahalo nui loa, from my family of very happy campers!!!
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