I have ridden several times with Astrid and her amazing horses! I have ridden anywhere from 1 to 4 day trips over the many years that I first fell in love with her beautiful home.... the Pululahua Crater!
I am new to Tripadvisor and I can't believe it has taken me this long to provide my comments about the place that has become my "happy place" for riding. I have truly never found such a unique and special place, to not only ride horses but ,to experience such breathtaking scenery , peaceful nature at it's finest and the opportunity to really disconnect and enjoy being in the moment.
Astrid is a strong horsewoman with a kind and gentle nature...she has the ability to connect with people of all levels and to ensure their safety and enjoyment.She loves her horses and is passionate about her work. She has wonderful tack suited for each of her horses . She knows the intimate details of each of her herd and can expertly match any rider with one of her horses! They are all sure footed, well cared for and wonderful trail riding horses!
The ranch is located at the bottom of the Pululahua crater and situated near the dome of this spectacular area! Upon entering the the crater you can sense that this is going to be a special trip. The scene overlooking the the expanse of the crater walls then down into the lush valley below is beyond written description. The fog that appears and begins to blanket the area at around 3pm each day further adds to the mystique and beauty of this place.
The day ride is for all riding levels. I took my husband here for his first ever horseriding experience. Under Astrid's care , and on a horse that he felt totally relaxed and confident, he was cantering by the end of the day!This was his choice and he did not feel pressured . Others were just as happy to split from the group and ride with another guide where walking was just fine!
The multiple day rides are well organized and such a different experience!Astrid has formed relationships with locals who are incredible hosts who provide delicious meals in rustic style haciendas and guest houses. Riding several hours in the saddle you will experience views that will capture your heart, take your breath away and really make you feel ALIVE! If you are in Quito or nearby and thinking of seeing the real Ecuador..then by all means give the Green Horse Ranch a call or email! Not to be missed...beginner or expert you won't be sorry.
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