I went on the two hour beach and bog ride on a beautiful day. Unfortunately only a few minutes of it was idyllic.
I'm an OK rider but never felt I got my bearings and struggled for confidence and control. Part of it may have been me, but part was the casual attention given to outfitting guests. My boots and stirrups were loose while my helmet was so tight I started getting a headache.
I was the only solo guest among a group of six or seven Germans. There was a guide in front and behind. My horse never responded to my kicks or urging to trot or hurry. The guide in back handed me a whip and said yes, you need to use it. Later the guide in front said you can't be using that to punish him for something you haven't asked him to do. Later she decided there likely was a problem with my horse's shoes.
The lead guide asked if we wanted to canter, which I wanted to very much but wasn't yet prepared to do. No one else wanted to so our whole time was walking and trotting. We went along back alleys, roads, the beach, one fun little sand dune, crossed the highway and returned. There was zero commentary or positive banter--it felt like we were a chore.
Obviously disappointing. They seemed very nice so perhaps it was just too crowded of a day.
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