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Horse Riding Holiday in Costa Rica

Horseback riding can be a life-long adventure but learning to "Ride for Life” should start with basics that include not only love of horses, but respect and safety. During this program, children, young riders, and adults will be taught basic equestrian skills including centered riding, horse management, and trail riding using natural horsemanship techniques with Santiago Peraza, Casagua's professional trainer that can prepare them for any future disciplines and “Riding for Life”. In the afternoon, on well-trained horses, enjoy a personalized riding experience and explore the beauty that Guanacaste has to offer. Each program is limited to 1 - 4 participants to allow for personal attention.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 200 lbs / 91 kg for beginners and 220 lbs / 100 kg for experienced riders
  • Tack type: Western, English, and McClellan saddles
  • Horse breed: a mix of the noble Spanish horses

Meet the instructors

Santiago Esteban
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Highlights

  • 5 sessions of natural horsemanship clinic
  • 5 trail riding to explore the beach, wooded countryside, ranches, and villages
  • Horses are born and trained on the ranch using natural horsemanship techniques
  • Natural horsemanship clinics: demonstrations and hands-on work with the horses
  • The training is individually designed for each participant’s level
  • 7 nights accommodation in casa or casita
  • Most meals except on a free day
  • Transfer by arrangement

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$65 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Kitchen

You will be staying in a casa or casita at The Painted Pony Guest Ranch.

Casita Mandrina

Casita Mandrina is a private suite with a queen bed and queen futon, kitchenette, hot water, romantic star shower, DVDs, air conditioning.

Casa Roble

Casa Roble is a spacious, fully furnished, one-bedroom ranch house with a queen and single bed in the bedroom and sofa bed in the living room. Air conditioning, Cable TV and internet, hot water, and access to the splash pool.

Program

Day 1: Arrival - Ranch orientation

Arrive at Liberia's Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), then transport to the finca, located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Accommodations will be in comfortable air conditioned casa or casita. Late afternoon, you will have a ranch orientation and a natural horsemanship demonstration. Dinner will be at the ranch or a local restaurant.

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to natural horsemanship session 1 - trail riding

After a full ranch breakfast, you will your first private natural horsemanship training session I: Introduction to natural horsemanship training at Finca Casagua. All sessions are individually designed for each participant’s level. All include demonstrations and hands-on work with the horses. Learn to connect with your horse and become a “funny looking lead horse with two legs”.

In the afternoon, mount your beautiful Spanish Criollo horses known for their noble temperament and comfortable ride. For today’s ride, you will leave for the small cattle town of Tempate and travel the Old Spanish Trail through large haciendas, look for monkeys, tropical birds, and dry tropical vegetation on this backcountry trail. Stop for cold drinks in Tempate then ride on to Cartagena for dinner at a typical cantina. You and the horses will be trucked back to the ranch.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Natural horsemanship session 2 - Sabanaro cowboy ride

After breakfast, session II of the natural horsemanship clinic. Learn about imprinting foals and using the round pen, as well as hands-on working on groundwork with your horse. Explore technics used by popular clinicians. In the afternoon, go to the beautiful Hacienda Roble for the Sabanaro cowboy ride on the large cattle ranch and pick up your ranch horses to explore the working ranch and the wetlands. The horses are well-trained ranch horses. Lunch is of your choice at a typical restaurant. For the adventurous, the day includes an exciting canopy zipline tour. Dinner will be at the ranch or beach. Alternative trail rides can be selected.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Natural horsemanship session 3 - The Taste of Guanacaste ride

After breakfast, you will do natural horsemanship Session III starting in the pasture featuring catching your horse, horse communication, then in the ring practice centered riding techniques. With a ranch photo shoot before, you mount your horses for "The Taste of Guanacaste" ride through beautiful ranch country and small village to one of Casagua's most popular family cantina stops, Chilito’s, in the small town of El Llano, sample their famous fried chicken and chip and a real taste of Guanacaste culture.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Old Spanish oxcart trail ride - natural horsemanship session 4

Today, take an early morning breakfast ride along the old Spanish oxcart trails, passing through beautiful wooded countryside, ranches and small typical villages. Along the way, you may see Howler Monkeys, colorful tropical birds or other wildlife, while getting a glimpse of the traditional sabanero, cowboy culture, of the Guanacaste people. When you arrive at the ranch, tie up your horse for a typical Costa Rican breakfast cooked the traditional way over lena (firewood). In the afternoon, you will have session 4 of the natural horsemanship session selecting a variety of riding disciplines, eg. dressage, working equitation. Dinner will be at the ranch.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Free day

After breakfast, enjoy a free day. You have the option of being taken to Tamarindo Beach with shopping, swimming, surfing, or a catamaran sailing and snorkeling tour or enjoy the sunset and a dinner on your own in Tamarindo, then you will be picked up by arrangement. Or choose one of the many optional tours offered in the area including canopy/zipline, monkey park, or all day tours to Blue River Resort and Spa or Arenal Volcano.

  • Meals included: Breakfast (other meals by arrangement)

Day 7: Beach ride - Last natural horsemanship session

After breakfast, meet your horses at the beach at Puerto Viejo. Saddle up then ride the beautiful white sand beaches of PortoViejo, Conchal, and Brasilito. At the end, you will unsaddle your horses for your last natural horsemanship session and photos on the beach. The horses will be trucked back to the ranch and you will have a picnic lunch or dinner at the beach. Times depend on tides.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, take your last photos before you are transferred to the airport or your next destination.

  • Meals included: Breakfast (or snack bag for the plane)

The sequence of daily activities may change depending on arrival day and beach ride times depend on low tides. Day 1 itinerary depends on arrival times; if late arrival, the itinerary will be adjusted to include the activities.

Horses

You will love riding Casagua's well-trained horses; a mix of the noble Spanish horses, known for their easy ride and great temperament not only on trail rides, but also in the typical fiestas Sunday horse parades called Topes. Many of their horses were born and trained on the ranch using natural horsemanship techniques. Western, English and McClellan saddles are available. Lessons and training sessions are available using a variety of horse.

Instructors

Santiago Esteban Peraza

Location

The Painted Pony Guest Ranch at Casagua Horses is located on route 155, just minutes from some of Costa Rica's famous Pacific gold coast beaches, such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, and Playa Grande, in the heart of Guanacaste's famous ranch country.

Distances

  • Beach - 15 minutes
  • Tamarindo Airport (TNO) - 20 minutes
  • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) - 40 minutes

Food

Most meals are included except ones on your own when off the ranch. Special diets are welcome.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Located minutes from the most popular Pacific, there is ample time to take advantage of beach activities, canopy tours, fishing, river floats, and more, or stay a night or two at the beach or mountain volcanos. On the ranch, watch the Howler Monkeys feeding in the trees, and colorful tropical birds and flowers in the gardens while you enjoy a cup of Costa Rican coffee.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Rides, lessons, and training
  • Most meals
  • Transfers by arrangement
  • 13% VAT tax

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Airport transfers
  • Other meals (usually when off the ranch)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Transfer from and to this airport is available on request at an additional cost. For 1-2 people, the cost is 65 USD. For 3-4 people, the cost is 75 USD.

Private or tourist transportation can also be arranged from San Jose (SJO), Tamarindo or area hotels. Please send an inquiry to Casagua Horses for further information.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Special discount

The price below includes a 300 USD discount on the natural horsemanship clinic. A single supplement is waived until December 31, 2021, a great offer for solo travelers!

 

Pricing information

There is also an option to stay for 6 days/5 nights. If you are interested, please send an inquiry to Casagua Horses.

 

Availability

This horse riding package is available from mid-November to mid-September. Please select your arrival date below.

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