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Reviews and Comments IV: Quality Horses

When I first went riding for a week in the mountains in South America it took us the best part of a year to research a company that had good horses. My friend refused to go unless we could be sure of that. Today many people have the same preoccupation, and I think that Horse Riding Chile is unusual in using better quality horses than the norm, and feeding them better so that they are in good condition.

One reason for this is that most of the horses were bought in the first place for riding in rodeos, not for tourism. So they start off a better class of horse. The other reason is that our head guide, Rigo, is passionate about horses and he likes them fat and well cared for. He used to be a horse trainer when younger and so all our horses have beautiful manners and are amazingly responsive to commands from the rider. This makes them easy for novice riders and a good ride for more experienced visitors.

Some excerpts from TripAdvisor reviews are listed below the photograph.

quality horses for rides in the Andes

After spending 4 months in South America, this was my last chance to go horse riding. I was always reluctant to ride any of the other horses we came across whilst travelling, as their condition wasn`t to a standard that i would feel comfortable riding.
But these were beautiful horses. They were strong sturdy horse in the best condition that i`d seen in South America.

 The horses are all great, very sure-footed and easy to control, even for complete novices

 It is an adventure, not to worry, the horses are well trained.

. I have never enjoyed anything so much as this day with beautiful horses, great guides and wonderful friends.

 If you are looking for the thrill of a lifetime with friendly people and extremely well behaved and well kept horses then this is the place.

At first most people were a little nervous but you soon learn how strong and capable the horses are and you end up trusting them with your life! 

Horses are really good: surefooted, strong, energetic, good on the aids and well behaved. Also important: they are well cared for.

The horses were well trained and even though we were not experienced riders we found it very easy and always felt safe and in control.

The horses were kind tempered, very sure footed and strong.

The horses are small very very trained and very sure footed. NEVER NEVER felt unsafe despite going up and down some rather steep and rocky paths

 the horses were superbly trained – we only had to sit on them… 

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Mountaineers’ baggage by mule

Mule being loaded with mountaineers’ baggage to take up to base camp. The mountains around where we ride are some of the best climbing mountains in the world and attract many climbers, or Andinistas & montanistas as they are called. Some come also to practise before a major climb like Everest. Mountaineers need some way… Continue Reading

Valle engorda on horseback

A ride through Valle Engorda on horseback, the Fattening Valley, takes us through rivers and areas full of flowers with a view of Volcan San Jose. In Valle Engorda on horseback we have to cross the river twice. In wet years there are beautiful, special flowers in a patch near one of the crossings. There is… Continue Reading

Horse riding in Chile

Rigo and his son Angelo winning the rodeo & leading the victory parade behind the ‘capataz; in El Toyo Chile is an interesting culture and great place to discover and visit. Much of it is best seen on horseback. We can take you for riding trips, long or short, with more or less adventure tailored… Continue Reading

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