Horse Riding in Cuba
Was the Horse and Cart better than Horse back riding?
After enduring the bumpiest and in some parts scariest horse cart ride of my life I am seriously thinking if it was worth the pain I suffered from days after.
I thought I had gone for the easy option during a horseriding in Trinidad to a waterfall by going in the carriage but how wrong was I. I had decided to go on the carriage for many reasons
1. I have never been on a horse
2. I am slightly scared of horse or actually they seem to be scared of me which then makes me nervous
3. I am lazy and don’t want exercise…..
Sexy cowboy Miguel collected us from our homestay in Trinidad and walked us to the ranch. I am slightly afraid of horses as they always tend to sneeze on me when I get close so was nervous. Strangely though having some eye candy was putting me at ease. Unfortunately, I never got a decent picture of him, but the other guys on our tour were jealous of his immaculately plucked eyebrows.
As we arrived to collect the horse’s I was still thinking I had made the right choice as I have never been on a horse and didn’t fancy trying it here as it didn’t look the safest opportunity to try a new activity in Cuba.
The horses are a lot smaller than in the UK and they seemed very laid back I was surprised they even moved. I cannot blame them for not moving around too much as the heat makes me not want to move much either. One of our group looking slightly nervous on her horse.
After walking down quite a steep hill with the rest of my group and my trusty companion Sheila who was joining me, we met our horse. Now to me a carriage is something comfortable as in my head I am thinking Cinderella used one but this was more like a cart with a lack of suspension.
I must say I was a bit wary about getting into the cart as I didn’t think it was going to be able to hold us without falling apart. However when I realised our sexy cowboy was going to be driving l got into it very quickly.
Going over the bumps and fearing for my life was compensated by looking into sexy cowboy’s eyes whilst holding onto his arm for dear life and screaming. This probably wasn’t my best look he just kept saying “OK no problemo” easy for him to say.
The language barrier was good at this point but I think he understood “shiiiiiittttttt” “fuuuuuuuccccckkkk” and ow which was mainly the extend of my vocabulary during this nearly 4-hour ordeal. I think we had the only horse that is afraid of water so every time we got near a stream he would stop and then suddenly dart over it true to his name Rapido.
First stop was at a bar/range/shack whatever you would call it for a beverage and this was also where we would return for lunch after our visit to a Cuban waterfall. The owner kept us entertained with some music he was so cute.
The waterfall was beautiful but not worth risking my life to get to. There were quite a lot of other tourists there and I think you can only get to it by horse as this seemed to be the way everyone had travelled.
As some of the group cooled off with a swim in the freezing, I mean refreshing water I sat on the rocks and watched.
To get to the waterfall there was about a 10-min hike over rocks, it was challenging but I just about managed it so not too steep otherwise I would not have attempted it. However any further and I would have started to struggle with the trek. We took it steady and a few people did slip but there were no major injuries luckily.
After the waterfall, we headed back to the bar for lunch and I had one of the best tuna sandwiches I have ever had. Now the food in Cuba is not amazing but this sandwich was delicious. I don’t know if this is because fearing for your life and being thrown about is a hungry business but it was so good. I didn’t have a beer as was worried about the bumps we had to endure on the way home and lack of toilets or even bushes to pop behind in the Cuban countryside. Our cowboy came back to the cart drinking from a beer bottle and said it is ok it makes me drive better! Which I am sure must be a joke as this is the most English he has spoken.
Back into the carriage and we just want it to be over, even the people are on the horses are getting tired and sore. We are all filthy from the dusty tracks and my bag went for a little trip out of the cart luckily there was another cart behind us that picked it up and brought it to us otherwise I would have lost everything.
I am surprised any of us can walk the next day but apart from having a slightly sore behind I am OK. So, in conclusion I didn’t break my bottom but it sure felt like it at the time.
On a more serious note though, I did feel so sorry for the horses and not sure if I would go on this sort of trip again. They were not given any water during the day and some of them had cuts. Our little horse had a bleeding nose from the reins it was so sad. I wish I had my savlon with me.
This was a extra excursion during my tour with G Adventures. It cost 20 cuc but didn’t include lunch this was about 5 cuc. The overall G Adventures tour is one of the best I have ever been on and would highly recommend if you are planning a trip to Cuba. You can find out more information about the tour and current prices here.
Recommendations to read if you want to know more about Cuba. I had the rough guide and it was great
I did enjoy Trinidad this part of the trip was so different to Havana. If you want to see some amazing Pictures of Havana read this blog post.
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Article originally posted in Jan 2017 and has been updated Oct 2018 with more details. I have updated this article as I wrote it when I was just starting blogging but now my writing skills are improving and I have added some extra information.