My husband, daughter (13) and I are not equestrians by any means, but she wanted badly to go horseback riding on our vacation in Panama. We booked through Boquete Outdoor Adventures, but the experience all came down to Franklin. Like other reviewers have said, you can tell he really cares for his horses - it was a pretty hot day and he was very careful to make sure we took lots of breaks and let the horses roam a bit and get a lot of freash water.
The scenery in Caldera is absolutely breathtaking. Franklin knows every twist and turn like the back of his hand and we didn't ever feel unsafe, even though we were all pretty much newbies. Like the other reviewers have said, he is also very fun to talk to and quick with a joke.
One thing to note is that there is not a lot of instruction - maybe 5 minutes at the beginning when Franklin told us how to hold the reins and direct the horse. Of course, you learn as you go along but if you're new to riding, and the type who needs a lot of instruction and theory first, you might not find that here. We found that refreshing coming from the sometimes overly cautious (and litigious) U.S. :) We just wanted to get out and ride, and that's what Franklin helped us do. It was a great time!
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