cannot be a sunny beach day, right? We took the opportunity on
this less than perfect day to do some horseback riding on the island of Boracay.
stable owner, prepares Akaisha for this adventure. Not that she's
the best rider... Akaisha was missing the saddle horn that is
normally expected on western saddle, and is showing some
nervousness! Still, she is game to try. We have never ridden
with an English saddle, so this is a new adventure for us.
We were off!
Follow me! The stables are down the road and through a very
small barangay. Here, children are watching some boys play
basketball just to our left as we pass through. Claren, the young man on
the lead horse, has kindly taken Akaisha's daypack so as not to
spook her horse when it's time to gallop!
are dirt roads through the lush mountains. We passed dozens of
ATV's also having fun on these roads. Not the best friend a
horse could have and it made us all skittish as they passed.
steadily to the highest viewpoint on the island of Boracay, we finally make it to the mountain top where we
are able to see the entire island, as well as Panay in the
these guides far surpassed our riding ability and experience.
J.L. made sure Akaisha survived the quirks of her particular horse.
Still, she hangs onto the hornless saddle!
rode on the beach, and sometimes it was on the road next to the
beach. This is the windward side of Boracay. We saw many houses
for sale and raw land waiting for someone to build upon it. What
an enticing thought. A home in paradise!
ocean's edge. As much as we enjoy the ocean, the horses didn't
and were determined not to get wet. Early on, the guides gave us each switches to
'encourage' the horses to move along. We used them sparingly,
except at the beach!
horse had a mind of her own and would occasionally take off at a
gallop or decide on a different path than what the others were
walking. It was quite a feat to have her horse and Billy's in
the same photo frame! Even though it's overcast, we have our
bathing suits on under our riding clothes because we still
planned to spend the day at our favorite beach on the other side
of the island.
have used 3 hands here. What about Billy trying to hold a camera
to take pictures as well?! How is one supposed to ride and hang on
at the same time? Poor horsie! The switch was just kept for
comfort. It was too short to reach the horse!
through the ride we stopped at a little sundry shop on the
beach. Here, the young boys are playing pool with something
similar to poker chips instead of billiard balls. We saw these
tables all over the island. The young boy in the upper right is
totally focused. I wonder if he is the defending champion or
simply trying to learn some pointers from the big guy he's
We did get
some rain on this dark day, but it was only a light sprinkle.
Such is life in paradise. The way of the island is most apparent with the boats in the
background including the one currently being built.
Back to the
barangay, this little chalk diagram is a child's game similar to
hopscotch. It's amazing what games kids worldwide can make up
with only a few simple tools.
knew their way home and here we are a stone's throw from Romy's
stables. Taking this horse riding trip brought an enticing twist
to what would have been a drab, drizzly day on an island
Horse-Riding Stable, est. 1986.
288.3311, cell: 0927.5200468
One hour for
adult riding, $11USD, 2 hours $20USD. Discounts for children
Open 6am to
6pm. Ask for Romy or Brenda
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