This review isn't intended to hurt Trim's specifically, it's probably representative of all riding places in the Caribbean, particularly if you're a horse person.
- They have riding helmets and every guest must wear them.
- Our guide was nice.
- The horses were okay, maybe could have used a bit more weight but they were adequately cared for.
- The ride to the beach was down the back roads, it was very hilly and scary for my boyfriend who has ridden only once before in his life. It was rocky and semi-paved.
- We were taken specifically to stop at a beach house where friends of Trim's pressured you to buy things. We didn't have any cash on us and had not anticipated this as part of the ride and felt very uncomfortable.
- Our guide never moved faster than a walk on his horse and didn't offer me the opportunity to canter or even trot along the beach (I've been riding since I was 6).
- There was a pack of young guys on the beach riding their horses and forcing them to rear. One horse (too young to be ridden and too small for the boy) fell over after being asked to rear numerous times.
- I went in the water with my horse, the guide did not accompany me and my boyfriend chose not to because of his level of nervousness. My horse was reluctant and unhappy to go in the water and after a while I stopped asking her while the guide yelled things I couldn't hear from the beach at me.
- Our guide informed us numerous times that he had been asked to come in on his day off just before 2 weeks of vacation time specifically to take us on this ride. He also liked to mention the number of children he had and how much he was looking forward to vacation. Despite saying "no pressure, no problem" a number of times, there was clearly pressure, though it appeared not to be a problem for him.
- Once we returned to the barn and dropped the horses off, we waited for 10 minutes to finally be offered a reluctant ride back to the hotel. This was probably because we didn't tip. While I would have tipped even though I wasn't pleased or satisfied, we were out of cash as it was our last day on the island.
Overall I wouldn't return and I certainly wouldn't bring an inexperienced person on the ride even though we only walked. It was uncomfortable, at times unsafe, and an all-round negative experience. Others may not find it this way, but horse people probably would. My boyfriend and I loved St. Lucia and our resort, we aren't cranky and uncooperative tourists and enjoyed our other excursions on the island, but not the horseback riding. This proved lesson to me not to horseback ride on vacation in the Caribbean or Mexico.
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