Equus Rides

Equus Rides, Frederiksted: Address, Phone Number, Equus Rides Reviews: 5/5

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Equus Rides offers a unique horseback riding experience on St. Croix's magnificent north shore. Join The Cane Bay Cowboy, Stephen O'Dea. Ride trails to hilltops with breath taking views. Mosey or canter along a beautiful beach. Finally, experience the ultimate... A swim in the Caribbean Sea on horseback! Equus Rides caters to riders of all levels. We also have horses available for private parties and wedding ceremonies. Happy Trails!
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travling_travis
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Family
When I booked our family vacation in St Thomas, I wanted find an experience beyond the standard beach activities. We are a family who loves horses but are not very experienced riders. I found Equus Rides online and saw that we would be able to ride in or near the ocean and I knew that it was something we had to do. You can take the ferry or a sea plane from St. Thomas to St. Croix. We booked the ferry. It's a 90 minute ride through the deep sea and if you get sea sickness, be sure to be prepared for big water. My kids and I loved it but it wasn't as easy on my wife haha She made it just fine and still thought it was well worth the experience. Equus put me in contact with a taxi company called Prince Taxi, you look him up. Prince picked us up at the ferry dock, he is an awesome guy and we had some excellent convos as he drove us to the ranch. It is rustic and rugged like a real ranch should be. Everyone welcomed us with a warm and happy reception. We began the time as they gathered us for a huddle, a stretch, meditation and affirmations. This wasn't expected but set the tone for an amazing day. If you looked at me, you wouldn't guess that I would be the type to appreciate a meditation so much but it was one of the best parts of the experience! The ride was beyond what I expected! We were placed with horses based upon our experience level and given great pointers on improving our riding abilities. The ride took us through some historic sites and down to the water. You can tell that Cowboy Steve and his crew love every moment of the ride as much as the participants. It was all smiles and joy with all of us as we rode through the beautiful Caribbean water. You could feel the energy of the horses that they were happy to be in the water too! My kids stood on the saddles and jumped into the sea! My wife and I got the most incredible photos!! Be sure to secure your belongings in a pouch and bring a waterproof camera. Do not leave keys or anything in your pocket that could potentially fall into the ocean. We are a well traveled family and I am not exaggerating that it was one of the most memorable experiences we have had on a vacation. I want to be back there in that moment right now!!
Written July 15, 2022
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Eric Mc
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Couples
This was the best way for my wife and I to spend our 6 year Anniversary!
Cowboy Steve is an amazing instructor for new and beginning riders. We have rode a few times before and were confident on a horse but this was the first time someone took the time to make sure we knew the proper techniques of riding.
Steve is a fantastic tour guide as well, telling us about the history, wildlife & vegetation on the island. One of the most memorable parts (aside from literary swimming with horses in the Caribbean Sea) was eating the fruit of the cashew tree!
He took the time to take plenty of photos and videos of us during the ride on land and sea. He is encouraging, positive & direct with his instruction which built our sense of security in his hands as a guide and our ability on the horses.
The pinnacle of our tour was of course riding & swimming with (& doing backflips off of) our horses in the sea! The 3pm tour lasted past 6 which lead to beautiful photos with the setting sun in the background!
We rate Steve a 15/10 and will definitely book with Equus Rides again!
Written April 26, 2021
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TravisMeyerhoff
Tampa, FL11 contributions
Friends
The most respected, well tended horses I have ever had the pleasure of riding. We usually ride horses on every trip we take as they are such magnificent animals and we have seen a variety of care for them. Steve and Folksy were the most caring individuals that I think I’ve ever seen working with horses. Steve showed the utmost care for the horses and you could tell he truly valued them as individuals. We had the great pleasure of riding Whisper and Hunter who were both vastly different as individual horses, but learning their personalities was so amazing to witness and experience. Throughout our entire ride with them you could tell the horses truly cared for Steve and he them. The most interesting part was riding the horses along and in the water. The entire time you could tell the horses wanted to be in the water, Hunter absolutely loved being in the water and Whisper was just so relaxed and at ease. I highly, highly recommend everyone do this while in St. Croix, listen to and learn Steve’s story and more about the history of St. Croix and the Virgin Islands and be amazed by all you can soak in about life in just a short few hours of time. Writing this review now a few days after our trip you can learn a lot, and the experience truly is invaluable.
Written May 4, 2021
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02937
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Family
Steve was blatantly rude to me and my family. We were constantly told and picked at about how we could ride differently. He raised his voice at us multiple times and targeted my family only. The other people on this tour got different guides and had a much more enjoyable experience. We payed far too much money to simply ride on the road only and be treated poorly. When we finally got to the beach Steve pressured me into standing up onto my horse and posing for a picture. It must have taken 20 minutes out of my tour to pose for a picture only for him to harass me to go farther. First he requested I stand on my horse and yelled at me to get down when he was satisfied. Then he said I should pose with my arms out. Finally he suggested I get on two horses and once and balance between them. He forced the other people to go and get wet in the water after they said they clearly did not want to go swimming. I had enough and ended up having him pull my horse back. This was not an enjoyable experience and I do not recommend this tour unless you want to be yelled at and harassed.
Written June 30, 2021
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PaigeMay2014
Dallas, TX9 contributions
Highly recommend this MAGICAL adventure in St. Croix! Cowboy Steve, Jaqueline and Milan were personable and knowledgeable and did a great job matching horse to rider. An unexpected treat was the Circle Gathering prior to riding which connected and grounded us to one another and was so beautifully led by Steve. Such a Light!! The highlights of the ride were trotting through a lovely meadow of old plantations and wading/swimming in the gorgeous Caribbean at sunset. The whole experience exceeded all expectations and we can’t wait to join this wonderful team again soon!
Written May 22, 2022
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Don A
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My family and I (family of 5 (with three 18+ year old grown children)) were simply amazed at the experience. In the past, we have been on several guided tours and they were nice but conventional. This is not your typical ride. Our first interaction with Cowboy Steve we knew he was a special and compassionate horse owner and his team of Jacqueline and Steven fully embraced his vision of what the experience should be. We started by getting to know each and them assigning a horse based on personality and riding skills. Very personalized. From that moment we felt as if we were family with all of them being very patient in getting us 'saddled up'. All three of them (Cowboy Steve, Jacqueline, and Steve) accompanied us on foot to ensure the horses and the riders were completely at ease, which allowed for us to get to know each the horses and the staff on a personal level. Cowboy Steve being in the area 30+ years knows the island! The water interaction was simply awe inspiring as Cowboy Steve and Jacqueline patiently and amazingly allowed the riders and the horses to ease into the water and to embrace the experience. I couldn't help but just to watch the interactions between them and my family. This by far was my favorite activity of our vacation!!! If you are looking for a unique experience with wonderful people and horses... look no further. Highly recommend!
Written June 23, 2022
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Cameron
Boston, MA3 contributions
The horseback riding experience was absolutely incredible!!! The guides were hilarious, kindhearted, and extremely helpful. They gave us hints and tips to help us feel perfectly safe (ever though we were beginners). The horses were very friendly and the ride was perfectly smooth with their guidance. I went with my boyfriend, but there was another family with teens who rode with us and I am sure younger kids would love it as well. When we were in the water on the horses the guides helped set up and take some of the most amazing pictures/videos and created some of the best memories of our trip. You cannot miss an opportunity to ride with this crew for an unforgettable experience. A very special thank you again to Cowboy Steve, Jeremiah, and Jacqueline for keeping us laughing for the entire ride and showing us your beautiful island in the best way we could have imagined!!
Written July 25, 2022
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Jennifer S
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Couples
Cowboy Steve and Jaqueline were what made the experience further than any expectations. Jaq was so kind, sweet and open hearted for everyone. Cowboy Steve is probably one of the best humans we’ve ever met. We’ll never forget his crazy stories and words of wisdom that are forever engraved in our minds and hearts. The horses were so strong and confident that it rubbed off on all the riders. We had the time of our lives thank you!!
Written July 19, 2022
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Jenn G
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This experience was everything and more! Cowboy Steve and staff were super friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful especially with our group of 7 (4 never being on a horse, 3 being 12-14 yrs old). Online reservations only accommodated 5 however, they made an exception to add 2 more horses. We started off with a group circle doing intros and stretches. It took us over 45 mins to fit riders to horses and our mini tutorial on how to ride. We rode approximately a 1/2-3/4 of a mile to the beach. Upon arrival, they guided us into the sea. Our horses were amazing and looooved the water! They made sure we had a good time! Some of us wanted to go deeper while others were comfortable going in leg deep. No matter what our group wanted, the staff accommodated. It was breathtaking to have the sun setting in the background and seeing the silhouettes of our group. This experience was by far the best way to end our one week trip to St Croix!
Written July 10, 2022
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Bosslady143
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We were able to get a special treat by booking for late afternoon and ended up being the only 2 people on the tour. It was perfect the horses were so easy and gentle and Cowboy Steve gave great direction. Jacqueline was so helpful and helped make it a memorable time she took video and pictures for us. We had suck a wonderful time, and will do it again when we go back for another visit..
Written May 16, 2022
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