We were so expecting the horseback ride in Yosemite to be the highlight of our California trip. We were slightly dissappointed. After taking the bus tour the day before and experiencing all the breathtaking views we were really pumped to experience the same from the back of a horse. The only view we got was trees, trees and more trees! For 4-5 hours! The ride through the forest of huge trees with a couple creek crossings was lovely, don't get me wrong, but 1 hour would have been sufficient if the scenery was never going to change. Maybe the description needs to be clearer on the website. Like all rides are the same, how long do you want to walk in the woods?
I thought the staff was a little curt. Maybe too late in the season? They were very fussy about how the reins were held.( to the point of being a little rude). I found this uneccessary as the horses are excellent trail horses.Some commentary on the trail would have been nice as well. It would have been nice to know what type of trees, shrubs or flowers we were walking past. Maybe how big the forest was, last fire? types of wildlife? anything? I thought one of the guides was very short with a young boy on our ride. I thought he was a real super trooper considering how long (and boring ) the ride must have been for him.
As fussy as they were about some things I was suprised that a couple things were neglected. Having led many trail rides myself I always call out what is coming up and then it is passed down the line. Be it , rock, low branch, hole, deer, watch your knee on that tree! This would have at least made the ride more interesting and kept everyone awake. It was a pretty silent ride. Also riders were not told to get off their horses kidneys when the peed. Poor horses!
But speaking of horses, hands down these were the most fit, clean, beautiful, mannered,super trail horses I have ever been on.
I would definately reccommend this trail ride for an hour unless you have a super tough butt!!
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