We've had a wonderful experience at Rancho la Ponderosa. This was our very first time horseback riding (three teens, mom and dad), and I'm certain that after this we will for sure ride again.
We came in late for our ride, and then found out that our reservation was never confirmed because of miscommunication (I accept the fault!). Yet the owner arranged within minutes for two guides to take us out for our 2 hour ride in spite of all of this! He has also honoured the discount promised online.
Our horses were very well behaved (and very patient with us), the guides were very joyful and knowledgeable, and the weather was - as usually in Aruba - perfect. We rode to the Wariruri Beach through some pretty rough and very wild terrain (you really do feel like you're in a movie or a book!), then we visited Bushiribana Gold mine ruins, after which we took the rough trail back to the rancho, taking a small detour through a Paradera (I think) neighbourhood. We really had a time of our lives. Even my daughter who was afraid of horses loved the whole experience.
You get to first try your horse at the rancho, and then you are led slowly, trotting and even a bit of galloping through the ride. We've learned a lot about how to ride a horse, as well as to wear good padding on our bottoms (mine still hurts a bit!). :))
A big thank you goes to all staff at the Rancho!! You've made our wonderful stay in Aruba even better!
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