Horseback riding Nicaraguan Style


Although I’ve had a variety of unpleasant experiences horseback riding, including: having a horse lay down with me on top of him (I had to jump off), a horse bolt unexpectedly with me hanging on for dear life, falling off of a horse in Spain when he tried to eat grass on the side of a rather large hill, have a horse try to buck me off and rub me against trees; well you get the picture–I continue to enjoy riding!  So, I planned a ride for myself and two of my tour attendees through Rancho Chilamate.  They picked us up in San Juan del Sur and drove us to their beautiful ranch about 20-30 minutes away.  They have boots and hats to make sure you look and feel like an authentic Cowgirl!

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They have cute young women as their tour leaders!  Here’s Claudia from Spain leading us through the lovely countryside…

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We stopped briefly to look at some monkeys on the way…

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Here’s Jing keeping the dust out of her mouth and behind her…Alla, whose horse was slow…

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It was rather difficult to turn around whilst riding to capture photos, but here’s the rest of the crew…

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Our destination was a secluded beach almost an hour’s ride away…

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My horse “Colorado” was wonderful!  He obeyed my commands and when we arrived to the beach, he galloped back and forth along the shoreline!  I don’t have photos of me galloping, but it was the first time since I began riding 35 years ago that I felt “at one” with the horse.  I wasn’t bobbing up and down as he galloped, just a smooth back and forth motion.

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It was exhilarating!  When we returned to the ranch, chilled orange juice, iced water, and shots of whiskey were waiting.  The chips and salsa were so so good!

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It was a wonderful experience!  Thanks Rancho Chilamate!

7 thoughts on “Horseback riding Nicaraguan Style

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  2. I’ve only been on a horse once. We visited some relatives in Ohio on my mother’s side in 1972, and one of our ventures was horseback riding. Something spooked my horse, and he started galloping. I was only 8 and terrified. Someone else from the stables came rushing up on a horse and stopped mine. Nonetheless, I think horses are beautiful, magnificent animals, and I’ve always wanted to ride one along a shoreline.

    I also like that skull-shaped glassware!

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    • That happened to me my first time on a horse also at the age of 17. I’ll bet it was much scarier since you were so young! It was a great feeling being on the beach! Good to hear from you!

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