Overall this made for a fun and relaxing morning. We were two couples who were joined by 2 very young girls (looked to be around 8 and 10 yrs old). The first thing was that the ranch only allows 6 people on the trail at any one time (plus the guide) so even though the parents of the two young girls came and wanted to go on the ride with them they were denied because of this rule. It seemed a little crazy that two young girls could not be accompanied by their parents even if they had to bend the rule this time. Regardless, the girls went ahead - they were clearly nervous about riding these horses and one said very loudly that she did NOT want to be last in the line on the trail (she was most likely concerned that help would be hard to get to her if she was in the back). So, the guide puts both girls in the back ! They were pretty scared so my wife stayed in the back close to them and talked to them the whole time so they weren't scared. But this was ridiculous, the guide should have taken better care of them and kept them up front where he could keep an eye on them. Really, really poorly organized that way. The guide was apparently a park guide who was using this gig as a fill-in because he was furloughed for the week because of the Federal budget issues. He had a very "I-could-care-less" attitude... as we were riding he was pointing out things like "That's a mango tree"....."there's a pineapple"..... "That's an old irrigation station"..... very obvious stuff, not any insight relative to where we were and the history of the land we were riding on. Having said all of this, there was a young blond woman who initially met us and got us set up who was very nice and personable. The horses they assigned based on our indicated riding ability, age and weight seemed to be spot on and the horses were very gentle and well mannered. Overall, I would do this again but with a different guide.
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