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Horseback Riding on the Beach

The saying goes, “kill two birds with one stone”; well, we slightly modified it but kept the same intent – “Cross off two Bucket List items in one trip”!  That trip was to the Bahamas where we were able to Swim with the Dolphins as well as Horseback Ride on the Beach.  If you’ve read the post Swim with the Dolphins then you know the weather was not all that accomodating for us on this trip or any trip for that matter, however the day we planned to ride horses on the beach the planets aligned and we had scorching sun, crystal clear caribbean waters and a long, beautiful stretch of sandy beach.  First dolphins now horses.  It is amazing to interact with another living organism other than human.  As you sit atop these magnificent creatures your attention is divided between taking in the absolutely gorgeous scenery around you and feeling the horse move and adjust below you.

Heading out along beach

We booked our excursion through Trikk Pony and Leo (the owner) was a gracious host.  In fact, she thought we only had two people in our party and had only two horses for the three of us, to which I indicated Bella and J should go and I would sit it out but the other group would not allow it, neither would Leo.  She drove us all back to the stables, picked up another horse and off we went to the beach.  I’m glad they all insisted.  It was magnificent.

We started out in a small wooded area that you could see likely led to a beach but you had no concept of what it was like as you exited from the shade of the trees onto a secluded white sand beach with nothing but caribbean water in front of you.

J riding along the beach

As we made our way along the beach the sun seemed to get hotter (if that was possible) but just as this was happening Leo indicated it was time to let the horses cool off and drink in the water.  Fantastic!  The horses waded into the water and you could feel the water creep its way up your feet, ankles and legs.

J entering the ocean as the sun got hotter

We spent nearly half the trip wading in the water which was magnificent since you could see clear through to the bottom and which was a bonus when a stingray decided to follow us.  We were told we  had to be careful as the horses do get spooked by the stingrays.  I tried to capture a photo but all I got was clear caribbean waves and dark image that could have been an old tee shirt underwater.  Too bad, it was amazing.

The group wading along the edge. Notice the water!!
J & Bella wading with horses
Our host, Leo
One of my favorite photos!

On our return trip we all stopped to admire a starfish on the sandbar.  Now, if you’re not from the tropics, the last sentence probably doesn’t get you all excited but trust me the starfish there were big and beautiful.  I was able to capture a photo of it.

Tropical Starfish

We had been talking about horseback riding on the beach for a long time, especially since J loves horses and has been riding for years.  This opportunity arose and we did not want to pass it up.  Neither should you.

LiFE is NOW…  ~ don’t you want to say “I did it”?