There are things in life that seem really exciting. Things that don't present themselves on a regular basis. Things that when I get the opportunity to do, I most likely will, because I might not get the opportunity again. Horseback riding in the ocean was one of those things. I had seen pictures that had me dreaming of what a cool experience that would be. So here goes....
You start off by being selected for your horse by "the selector". Not sure what his criteria is, but he calls out the horses name and then calls you. You head over to the platform and get on your horse. The platform does make it very easy to get on...thank goodness. It would have been entertaining to see it done from the ground!
Then they have you ride around in a circle, enclosed in an area, so the horses are contained. This is basically practice time. They give you advise on what you are doing right and wrong. It made me feel more confident for the rest of the trip.
Luckily, the horses are really smart and know what to do. However, they do want to get too close to the horse in front of them, which is very frowned upon by the guides. The best part of the entire excursion was this leisurely walk along the beach. It was beautiful, relaxing and easy.
As we explored the island, we had to go up sand hills and down again. I know horseback riders are cracking up right now, but this part was really difficult for me. I was a little nervous and uncomfortable. But not so much that I couldn't take a few photos. ;) My darn horse kept getting really close to the one in front and I wasn't real confident on how to control him.
At the very end, you change into your swimsuit and have a little jaunt in the ocean. This was the part I was looking forward to the most. I was surprised at how fast the horses run in the water. I was also surprised when the horse in front of me pooped and I had to go right through it. Bare legged through poopy water was not the dream I had of this experience. ;) The picture below captures the dream I had.
That is the guide, followed by my husband and kids, with the cruise ship in the background. This is the kind of picture you see when you book a dream excursion like this. I love that about pictures. You put your own story on them. I'm sorry if I messed up your dream story that could have gone with the above picture. But I am here to tell you the real story. Horseback riding in the ocean was a once in a lifetime experience, especially for me. I do not feel the need to do it again. Neither did anyone else in my family.