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“Quite Disappointing”

Horseshoe Point Country Club
Reviewed February 15, 2007

Please bear in mind that we didn't actually stay here, but went horse riding here. This is primarily a horse riding resort which is built around it's horse riding activies, though there are some animals in large cages and we saw a small swimming pool too.

The web-site is great and leads you to think that you're in for a really top-class equestrian experience. We arrived an hour earlier than our trail ride to have some lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafes that were advertised on their website. Only one was open and there was only one other table occupied. It was outside and had hundreds of tiny flying bugs that weren't deterred by the large fan on full trying to blow them away. The club sandwiches were fine and the fresh juices were lovely.

We went over to the large indoor riding arena to wait for our horses and had a look around whilst we were there. The hotel apartments have both internal and external views so you can wake up in the morning and look out the window to the resort or the arena. The little garden in front of each apartment was filled with sharp ugly builders rubble and one palm tree per apartment. There was no way you could sit in or use this space.

Our guide turned up on a bolshy little skewbald pony that was all over the place. The guide couldn't speak or understand English. Our two horses turned up and were a little on the skinny side, but I was willing to let that slide because of the heat. Both of my stirrup leathers were cracked nearly all the way through and I pointed this out to the staff who didn't bother to do anything about it.

The ride was a total let down. We had booked a 2 hour trail and rode unresponsive horses (mine kept stopping and reversing and my friends was turbo charged so much that her hands were covered in blisters from trying to get some control - we are both novice level riders and she owns her own horse). We rode through slums, rubbish dumps and construction sites and were chased by packs of barking dogs. There is a nice bit where you ride through pineapple plantations but the horses were frightened of the ditches on the plantation and the guide was off way in front and didn't provide much in the way of assistance.

Both horses tripped over their feet the entire ride and my horse had a bleeding saddle sore which I pointed it out to the grooms when we got back. They either didn't understand or didn't care. The horses kept there under livery by private owners all looked in top condition and there is obviously some very organised pony club activity for private owners.

We'd booked dressage lessons and another trail ride the next day and cancelled both due to lack of confidence in the guide and staff.

Very disappointing, but let me re-state - we didn't stay in the rooms there so can't comment on that.

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