Around two hours from Yogyakarta, Salatiga is home to Havana Horses. I've been horse riding before around the world but this was the most unique experience out of them all. At Havana Horses, owners Anna and Havedz make sure that you're as comfortable with the horse (and the horse is as comfortable with you) as possible before riding it.
The first 2 hour session included grooming the horse and exercises with the leading rope. After getting very comfortable with the horse, bareback pads were used for riding to help balance, and finally the day ended perfectly overlooking the beautiful scenery.
Anna and Havedz treat their horses with love and respect - like family - instead of like machines to get work done. In fact, they do everything themselves including feeding all their horses (growing much of their food on their land).
If you're visiting Yogyakarta, Solo, or Semarang, then Havana Horses is just a short drive away. Driving through the steamy rice plantations and mountains to reach the picturesque Havana Horses is not to be missed!
Will I visit again? Definitely.
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