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“Not so happy trails”

Happy Trails Walking Horses
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We did not get to canter as the advertisement stated, and this was the reason we chose this particular beach ride. The gentleman told us twice about giving a tip. He bragged about the smooth gait of the walking horse but we didn't even go faster than a dead walk. Not satisfied at all.

9  Thank MaryD37870
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

My sister and I have always wanted to ride a horse on the beach at sunset. Happy Trails was able to fulfill our wish and at a very reasonable price. The pics are available on line and are also very reasonable. Thanks so much.

3  Thank mary c
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

My sister and I had an amazing time horseback riding on the beach this summer with Stan! It was on both of our bucket lists and Stan made sure we had a special time. My sister and I love pictures and this is the only horseback riding place in Amelia Islands that we could find that allows you to bring your own camera. Stan even took some pictures for us at no extra charge. Much better than having to pay for "professional" photos that don't even turn out very well.

3  Thank KathleenS821843
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Not only was this like no other riding I had ever done, my husband had never been riding. The guide took time to review things with us and teach him some moves and comdands. I loved gettng to ride on the beach and very happy with out guide! He went out of his way to give us a get ride!

3  Thank Cassie B
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Our family enjoys riding and nearly always rides when we're on vacation. There were 6 of us total (3 teens) and we paid hundreds for this special experience of horseback riding on the beach. Not only were we disappointed by the ride, I question the safety of the operation. It is far and away the very worst operation of its kind we've ever witnessed.

The horses are transported to the location in a trailer that is in extremely poor condition. The horses themselves don't look very happy or in good shape. The owner was curt to the point of being rude. He actually seemed put out to have to work. We walked the horses a good distance from the parking lot to the beach and they were pulling and fighting nearly the entire time. As I've said, we've ridden often in many locations and I've never seen animals this unhappy. My horse WOULD NOT EVEN WALK on the beach. The owner literally had to drag her along for the entire ride out, only when we were heading back did she voluntary walk. I had a terrible feeling about the whole thing just a few minutes in. As other reviewers have said the ride is extremely short but frankly I was glad. The horses were miserable and it wasn't much fun to be dragged along the beach. On the walk back to the trailer, my daughter's horse was very hard to control and the owner told this 12 year old girl she had to just do a better job of controlling it. As she tried, the horse stepped on her foot!!! Thank god it moved right off but she was shocked and though her foot was generally fine, the owner brushed it off and said something like -- oh that'll happen. What?! Isn't there any regulation for this kind of business on Amelia Island? There was another horse ride operating out of that same parking lot and they looked extremely professional. If you value your money and safety, choose something else. If I could give this less than one star, I would.

25  Thank KuriousKaty
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