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Review of Paniolo Adventures

Paniolo Adventures
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I was on the paniolo ride this morning and it was ok if you were a beginner level riding or had a little experience. For more advanced riders including myself it can be a bit boring because you only get a couple chances to change from walk to trot or canter. And in those few chances you only get to do it for a very short while. If you are a more experienced rider; about intermediate or expert then I would suggest doing the other rides because this ride was pretty much a "nose to tail" ride. The horses were pretty nice but did need quite a lot of leg power and you didn't get to see it at all; they just call you and you hop on then at the end hop off and you just walk back to the changing area; you don't get to spend any time with it when your on the ground. The guides are friendly but they usually stay at the back of the line so people at the front are pretty much on their own for where their supposed to go. Some of the horses didn't get along very well with each other and they has a horse length rule, but they didn't enforce it so all the horses were right at each others butts. Overall it was a pretty boring ride as there was only 1 trot spot and 2 canter spots. The horse I was on wanted to go really fast when we got to those spots and on the last canter spot my horse went into a gallop; so that was the most exciting part of the whole ride to me. I would truly recommend this ride to beginner riders and riders with little experience because it is a very mellow ride and it would be a good ride to start off with.

Thank Pinktpie
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Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

We had Lauren as our guide. She catered to both the expertise of my daughters (both barrel racers) and to the inexperienced parents (husband and I) My daughters throughly enjoyed their ride, canter and trots and we felt very safe and confident with the horses they picked for us. The sights were breathtaking and the picnic was very good in the company of funny cows and great conversation! Lauren was able to spend plenty of time with us and the girls, equally, making sure nobody was left behind and that everybody was ok. She truly enjoys her job and has a great personality! It was great!

Thank Inesjoan
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Looking for a father/mother/daughter or entire family unique scenic experience while in Hawaii? This may be worth trying! My daughter and I did a 2 hour horse back ride in the pristine surroundings of the ranch and enjoyed the fantastic views of the hills, the coastline and the clear view of some of the great volcanos and Maui in the horizon. The periodic rain did not detract from the experience. The staff accomodates for both experienced and inexperienced riders and they are fun to ride with. I can highly recommend this way of experiencing the beautiful nature of Hawaii at a pace that allows you to enjoy the moment. The prices are stretched... but my daughter is very pursuasive!

Thank Pierre019
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

3 in our party signed up for "sunset ride", 2 extremely experienced riders having handled horses for a living and one who had never been on horse before. The attitude of the girl handling the ride left much to be desired, treated everyone like they had never seen a horse before and didn't know which end was which. Very windy but warm and they provided gear in case of rain which was nice. Horses appeared well mannered and fed, gear in ok condition. Range they were to ride on was beautiful grassy knolls.

What was bizzare was they were back before sunset and from stable you could not see the sun setting (behind hill) so could not photograph it or the horses as pictured on their advertising which was extremely disappointing as the whole reason they went!!! The non-riders in the party could not even get close to get photographs of the riders which was also very disappointing.

Had a different person been in charge with a much friendlier attitude and treated people more respectfully, stayed out so riders could actually SEE the sun set, then this could have been much better experience.

If you choose to go, be very vocal about what you want in advance. It's your money!!!!

1  Thank Traveler31009
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Had a family group of 3 sign up for the Sunset Ride. Directions were dead on and the check-in process was very good and they have everything a rider would need: boots, chaps, dusters and hats in case of rain (its almost always windy on this part of the island). Water is offered and all adult riders have the option of wearing riding helmets. The horses look very well cared for and the gear appears to be well maintained. This group included two experienced horsemen and one novice (first time) rider. The guide gave a thorough briefing of the expectations of the ride. The only reason I didn't score this activity 5 out of 5 is the feedback from the 2 experienced riders. First the guide was a bit abrasive with the experienced riders as they desired to have a bit more leeway in riding. One of the riders was having a bit of an issue with a loose saddle and the guide refused to tighten the cinch strap, citing the comfort of the horse over the safety of the rider. All being said the views were grand and the novice rider had a great time and felt very safe and comfortable.

Thank DiveAK
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