I visited Rancho Lorilar the day after a massive thunderstorm and perhaps because of this, I was the only customer that morning. Angel picked me up at my hotel and gave me a friendly welcome and talk about the ranch as he drove me there in an air conditioned minibus. Crazy Alex was to be my personal guide for the morning and he seemed really pleased when he discovered that I owned a horse and loved galloping! (They do take time to establish your level of riding and obviously take safety seriously). After fitting my helmet and adjusting my stirrups I mounted elDorado and we set off at the trot through the outskirts of Puerto Plata and into the beautiful countryside. My horse was pretty much bomb-proof and never spooked at barking dogs, motorbikes, cows, turkeys and piglets! Once out of the town, Crazy Alex and I did loads of cantering and galloping, but the best bit for me was the fast cantering through the streets of the town on the way back - really exhilarating! My only disappointment was that I didn't get to meet Joyce, as I had heard so much about her on the Internet.
If you are visiting the Puerto Plata area, you really must try horse riding at Rancho Lorilar - it certainly was the highlight of my holiday so far. If only I could entice my wife away from the poolside!
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