Adventures on horseback, Puerto Vallarta
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October 11th, 2004 – by: sweetsummerdaiz
Boarding a motor coach with my fellow cruisers, a herd of us embarked on a winding-road driving trip through the city and countryside finally coming to park at a ranch on the outskirts of the city some forty-five minutes from when we began. The mini-village was also a tequila factory, it was called Hacienda Dona Engracia. (They now have a website http://www.
The dude ranch was very similar to those portrayed in movies! With barns of stucco and arched facades the horses were corralled for us. We were each assigned horses based on previous riding experience and height, which must have been a challenge for them when it came to me~ I'm barely 5' tall!
The rains had been vigorous during the previous week, so rivers during the tour were very high and fast flowing.
As we navigated through the jungle by horse, I had to chuckle as we dismounted near the river because I knew what was coming next. A few of the horses were unsaddled and the guide with an eye patch and gold teeth sat bareback on his horse and began helping passengers onto the back of his horse. Without hestiation, the three of us plunged into the river and began swimming in the high, fast-flowing river, floating through the currents. This was the first and only time I swam with a horse, it was a strange sensation and I respected the power of the animal even moreso after the experience. As I floated off the horses back submerged up to my chin I could feel the horse swimming beneath me. As the water became more shallow and the horse touched bottom, the transition from swiming to riding was seamless.
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