Half Moon Equestrian Center

Half Moon Equestrian Center

Half Moon Equestrian Center
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Welcome to the best quality horseback riding experience in Montego Bay. We are located at the luxurious Half Moon Resort. You can enjoy a variety of equestrian activities: riding, jumping, polo lessons and the thrilling beach ride.At the Stables you will find loved and well trained horses. Our Guides and Instructors are friendly and experienced. There are activities for young chilren and adults alike, including our Pony Park where children can interact with different animals and have pony rides.
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rsbtraveler
New York City36 contributions
Family
The staff at the Equestrian Center was wonderful in setting my family at ease for a “Turf and Surf” experience. Javon and Errol led our family from the center to the beach, where we took the horses into water and went swimming with them.

Javon was especially adept at reassuring us at how it would be safe, and Errol was super kind and helpful with our daughter. Also Romario took great pictures for us!
Written February 21, 2020
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klm611
Dallas, TX28 contributions
4 adults from our family took the swim with horses experience. Our guides were beyond fantastic! We followed their detailed instruction to have a once in a lifetime experience. None of us are seasoned riders and they made this safe and enjoyable. We brought our little ones back later in the day for pony rides. All of the staff are experienced and know the horses. Do not miss this opportunity on your trip.
Written February 25, 2022
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Debbie G
North Bethesda, Maryland, United States165 contributions
Only 6 riders in the group with experts to support them along the way. The staff focused on safety, comfort, and fun, making the experience very personal for each rider. Our daughter had not ridden in a while and loved it. She rode to the beach with her clothes on and bathing suit underneath. Quick change and they only took two into the water at a time, each with a private expert for support. We couldn't believe how far out they were able to go and swim the horses. They even allowed for a personal photo session for each rider close to the beach and our daughter just raved about how it felt. She loved it. We are so glad she had the opportunity. This is a high-end facility with great equipment and extremely professional staff. So glad we did this at Half Moon.
Written February 8, 2020
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edmooreadv
Long Island, New York40 contributions
My daughter and I did the surf and turf swim with the horses. We did it 5 years ago and it was even better this time. Trina is a pleasure to deal with and our guide took great care of us. You could tell that they love their horses, dogs and goats. Don't miss this incredible experience.
Written December 17, 2020
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vacationfan22
San Jose, CA38 contributions
Couples
I am amazed at the other review I saw posted here. My husband and I stayed a the Half Moon this past July and since I am an avid rider, we went to check out the stables the day after we arrived. Far from being well taken care of, at least two of the horses we saw had awful rashes to the point where large patches of coat were missing. Another horse had a seriously swollen fetlock but was still used for the rides (It had just been hosed off after a ride and we saw it again the next day at the beach). Several horses were also cribbing, which is a stress-induced habit,,,,I felt so sad that we left without ever even considering booking a ride. Unless they seriously address their animal welfare issues, I would not recommend giving this place any business.
Written November 25, 2011
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railbird21
New York City, NY24 contributions
Friends
If you do the beach ride, you get to SWIM with the horses. Yes, actually swim (unlike other places where you go leg deep)! You hold onto your horses mane, fighting with the waves, until the guide says, "Tail-ride!" Then you let go of the mane, back-up until you're off the horse, and grab onto its tail. The horse is swimming and you're floating in your life vest right behind and you hope to God that it doesn't decide to poop right then. An awesome experience, really. The guides/wranglers were funny and super nice. After the swim, they crack open coconuts and you get to drink the juice right out of them.

Bring a waterproof camera - the guides loved that we had one and took a million photos for us.
Written October 14, 2014
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Joan Marie B
Orlando, FL4 contributions
Couples
We came to Jamaica on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship as a party of four, two couples.
While the ship is extraordinary, we were ready for some privacy.
We booked a private Trevor Hudlin tour and asked him to take us Horseback riding.
He picked us up on time and drove us to the Half Moon Bay Equestrian Center.
We arrived at a small but lovely stable full of beautiful horses. The center was exceptionally clean and the horses well tended. We paid $60 per person and saddled up. By the way, English saddles not western, took some getting used to. They had advised long pants (jeans) but we alll wore bermuda shorts with no problem.
My sister had never formally ridden a horse before. One of the two guides assigned to us lead her horse and never left her side. We took a brief walk down a shady path and arrived at a lovely quiet beach. The horses were unsaddled and we donned floats around our waists. We were taken two at a time bareback into the surf. As we went out further suddenly the bottom dropped away and the horses were swimming up to their necks! We were instructed to lean forward until we were laying on the horse's back. Then the guides showed us how to walk our hands down the back of the horse to the tail. Holding on to the tip of the tail we floated along behind the swimming horse. It was the most exciting thing I have ever done.
I have seen the various youtube videos of the horseback rides in the surf but never expected something so fantastic. This was a wonderful, exciting experience. Once in a lifetime sums it up perfectly.
Written August 20, 2011
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Purrdee
Northwich, UK301 contributions
Solo
This beach horse ride is definitely not suitable for novice or nervous riders. You are given a very short introduction and walk around the field before setting off for the beach. Here you are expected to ride the horse bareback in the ocean where it is extremely difficult to stay on as the horse's coat becomes very slippery. The horse I was given was skittish and difficult to handle, I was told he did not like crowds or lots of movement. Something I thought was strange seeing as he was being used for excursions. In the end this horse threw me off when we were approaching the stables as neither myself nor the trainer guiding me could keep him under control. Luckily I was not badly injured but it could of been much worse. Please check the disclaimer they ask you to sign quickly at the start, before signing......it absolves them of ANY responsibility even if their horse is at fault!! Definitely I would proceed with caution.......
Written February 2, 2014
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ddhbl
Green Bay6 contributions
Family
We visited Half Moon Equestrian Center in January 2016. We organized our ride by contacting Trina through e-mail. She responded promptly (within a day) and was very easy to work with. We did schedule our ride via e-mail before we arrived in Jamaica just to ensure we had our reservation on the day that worked for us. Trina arranged for a driver to pick us up at our hotel and drop us back off after the ride. He was there waiting for us at the time we arranged. We were advised to wear long pants with our swimsuit underneath. When we arrived, we were fit with a riding helmet. All the horses were extremely well taken care of. It is obvious Trina and her staff take very good care of their horses, The horses' feet were all trimmed nicely. There is a nice mounting block at the stables and at the beach to safely mount the horses. Some of her horses are pretty tall. We started out with a short ride in a fenced-in outdoor arena just to make sure everyone in our group was comfortable in the English saddles. For those who weren't overly comfortable riding, your guide can hook up a lead line to the horse for your riding comfort. After riding in the arena, you take a ride to the beach. This consists of riding through the Half Moon resort on some side roads to the beach. We had five total people in our group. Our guides were Mark and Chase. I felt 100 percent confident in our safety with them. They were super friendly and never rushed us at all. When we got to the beach, we split up in two groups. A group of three went in the water with Mark and Chase while we waited on the beach. Once the three came back, my daughter and I went. Mark was leading my daughter, and Chase was leading me. Mark explained exactly what to expect as the horses were entering the water and how we should hang onto the horses and eventually float above the horses while they swim. This is the only swimming with the horses I found where the horses actually go this deep. Most only go up to the belly of the horse. Mark and Chase were right by us the entire time. I had a GoPro with me, and Mark took the GoPro and took some incredible pictures of us swimming with the horses. He even took some videos of the horses' feet swimming underwater that turned out awesome. The horses are slippery when they get wet, and I did slide off my horse as they came out of the water. Chase came back around with my horse, and I was able to get back on in the water. Never once did I feel unsafe with Mark and Chase. They took great care of us. There is also a flotation ring to wear for safety in the water. Once we were back on the beach, we wanted to take some pictures in the water with the horses. Mark brought one of the horses back in the water so we could take pictures with them. We never once felt rushed and were able to take great pictures. When we got back to the stables, all the horses were rinsed off to get all the salt water off. Once again, another sign that Trina takes great care of her horses. I would highly recommend Half Moon Equestrian Center. It will be a memory you will never forget!!!
Written February 7, 2016
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Pistache1141
Brussels, Belgium134 contributions
Solo
I booked the beach ride and the friendly owner of the stables, Trina, came pick me up in person at my hotel in Montego Bay. I chose the stables at Half Moon based on the good reviews here and was also warned not to book any beach rides through the company "Chukka", it is cheaper but the horses wouldn't be treated as nicely. I was impressed by the grounds and the stables at Half Moon. The horses are all beautiful and very very well kept and cared for. You can tell that all the staff that works there really love the animals. With me there was a family and a couple doing the beach ride as well and each party had their own guide assigned to them which was great as they could take care of everyone's individual needs. I am experienced in horseback riding so my guide let me get familiar with my horse and do a few rounds with it also in trot and gallop before we headed out for the beach ride. The ride to the beach takes you through the Half Moon resort. At the beach the saddles come off and you can change into your swim suit. The guide gave me some instructions on what to do when the horse is swimming (I had never done it before), you are supposed to hold onto their mane and straighten your body horizontally above the horse's back so you basically float. You can also hold onto the horses tail while you float through the waves behind it. You ride straight into the water with your guide on his horse too and he tells you when it will start swimming so you know when to grip the mane etc it really is an amazing experience! We went quite far out, the horses really enjoy swimming. It's so much fun seeing them move their massive bodies in the water and holding on to them. This is a must-do for everyone who loves horseback-riding! I really recommend the stables at Half Moon, it has been so enjoyable from A-Z and everyone at the stables has been lovely. Big thanks again to Trina and her team!
Written September 2, 2014
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