I was disappointed in the horse given to Ray on the Kualoa ride. It was a beautiful Appaloosa that I had had my eye on. We informed the guide that Ray was inexperienced and that I was quite familiar with riding....so I would have thought she would have given Ray a well behaved horse. The horse's name was Bear...and quite an appropriate name. Bear was the typical trail horse in that he tried to eat grass (until Ray stopped that)...then tried eating tree leaves (until Ray stopped that)...then did the 'old trick...my leg itches and I need to scratch it with my nose' in order to jerk his head to get closer to the grass. That all was typical...but I also noticed that each time the guide would ride close to Bear...Bear's ears would flatten and the other horse would dodge away.
I trotted my horse closer to Ray and Bear's ears flattened again as he swung his head hitting my sweet horse and causing her to rear up a bit. (I was glad I was on the rearing horse and not Ray) The guide then informed us that Bear did not like other horses. Hmmmm...why put an inexperienced rider on that type of horse? Oh well...at least it did not cause Ray to refuse to try another ride.
Air conditioned taxi
I could describe the ride we took...but this picture of Ray and video say it better. Ray said he was just glad that he could not see the road ahead as we heard the driver honking as he swerved through traffic, getting us to a country road where he left all in a blur.
Once we got to the ranch and combed the tangles from my hair...we were introduced to our horses and our guide, Clinton. Clinton gave a quick lesson on riding...and demonstrated each step for the beginners. We were divided into three groups depending on experience. The horses were healthy and the saddles and reins were in great condition. My horse was spirited but followed all directions I gave her and Ray's horse was steady but also reacted to Ray's directions. So Ray was able to experiment with trotting, stopping, turning and maybe even a short canter.
The ride took us through the countryside...where we saw iguanas and a few Mayan structures. Clinton was a great guide...but soon the ride ended. We each had a drink (Ray a Corona and I had Pepsi) before we boarded our air conditioned taxi for another wild ride back to the ship.