While visiting Monteverde my sister, and friend decided to Extremo Zipline, and I decided that was not for me, so I opted for a horseride. It was interesting in making my booking as I had told the booking agent I wanted a ride that was for outgoing people who knew how to ride. I'd read the brochures, and this Horse Trek Monteverde looked like the best fit for me, but I had to talk the booking agent into booking it for me. He was trying to persuade me to a couple of other options, which I later found out was not for my benefit but for his pocketbooks, as the others paid higher commissions.
Anyway, I finally booked my ride. First of all Marvin, our guide (and the owner), gave great instruction on how his horses needed to be handled. You could tell right away that this wasn't just some guy trying to make a living off of trail rides. His horses followed him around like puppies. His horses were magnificent, healthy, spirited, and well loved family members to him. His horses are some of the most beautiful I've seen, and it turns out many come to him looking for horses of their own, and I can see why. I rode Maximo, and he was very spirited! The ride itself was alot of fun, and we had ample opportunity to gallop, canter, and not just be doing to single file typical ride that I've had so many times.. We saw a sloth, great views, hummingbirds, wild horses, and lots of other cool sites along with way.
Just before we got back to the stable we took a little detour into Marvins riding ring at the back of the property, and he asked if we wanted to meet one of his babies. His name is Gladiator! We had no idea what we were in for, as little did we know Marvin is a true horsewhisperer, and getting the chance to see this in action was AMAZING! These horses really love to work for Marvin, and it shows. I would very highly recommend this. Make sure you ask to see him work with his horse in the ring. He actually gets invited to do exhibitions all over Central America I later found out from a local in town. I could go on, and on but I'm sure you get my drift. :)
If you are a horselover, and you are comfortable in the saddle this is the experience for you. You will not leave disappointed. Oh, and it is VERY resonably priced!
Thanks for the great experience Marvin, and Horse Trek Monteverde!
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