We are excited about our new tour.Julia took me exploring out around the hills behind her farm (where we run our beach rides) and we found some fantastic trails that she used to ride on. Imagine wonderful ocean views, shaded trails, wildlife, more mango trees than you can shake a stick at, hence the name....The Mango Trails! This is a great tour and i just know people are going to love it. It is 2.5 hours, but can be extended into a longer tour if you want to add a jaunt up the beach too. (see below for photos)
We also welcomed two new horses Milly and Sonta. They are two mares that came to us in rather a poor condition, but they have been enjoying the last two months resting in the fields, eating their heads off and generally recuperating. The good news is they are gaining lots of weight and really starting to enjoy there lives. Milly is going to become partners with our friend and fellow rider Jamaica, it is great and i think they will make a great partnership. Sonta, who only has one ear, is going to be a wonderful addition to our team of beautiful tour horses. I took her for the first time to the beach last week and she loved it. It was great to see her ears pricked up as she watched the waves crashing in, a new experience for her and she behaved perfectly.
We also welcomed a new rescue dog this week (photos next week!) she is just with us for about a month as she needed to be somewhere safe to receive medical treatment. She has an owner, but they are not very able to take of giving her daily meds, so it has not yet been decided if she will go back (of course if they want her back she will go back) if not she will stay with us until we can find her a forever home.
We were hugely honoured to find out last week that we are now the No 1 voted tour on Trip Advisor for not only Costa Rica, but also the whole of Central America!!! When we started 7 years ago with 3 horses and a rusty old sign, we never in our wildest dreams thought this was possible. A huge thanks to our whole team who put their heart and soul into making Discovery Horse Tours what it is today. We are massively proud that we have always stuck to our principles of never making the horses over work, putting their needs ahead of us and having fat and happy horses that are trained naturally, and without metal in their mouths. We only use a specially made halter on our horses, that when the rider has a loose rein the halter is loose around their heads making sure they are as comfortable as possible.
We also love the fact that we are able to daily share our passion of proving that working horses do not need to be downtrodden or treated like machines. We are constantly working on our own horsemanship to ensure that through our work we can try and make a tiny difference in making the world a better place for horses.
Try and join us on Facebook (Discovery Horse Tours Costa Rica) as we have lots of photos and videos of all the animals.
Don't forget the Amy Bowers clinic in December. See the website for more details.
Keep it natural!
Andrea and Chris