Reviews and Comments IV: Quality Horses

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… 

For TripAdvisor general reviews see our testimonial page .  For review comments on specific topics see also Highlight of our tripcamping ridesgood quality horsesguidesnervous riders I felt like a cowgirlefficient smooth administration Novice riders

Reviews and Comments III: Camping rides

Camping rides are much harder to organise than day trips, but equally they seem to be more rewarding. You can ride further up into the mountains, get away from it all more completely, and enjoy the immensity and silence of the Andes more intensely. I don’t think we have ever had anything but a rave review after a camping trip. The sky in Chile is one of  the clearest in the world and sleeping under the stars is an unforgettable experience.

One old gentleman of over 80 went for 4 days riding into the mountains with our guide, Rigo. Our visitor was a good rider and said that although it was not quite what he had expected – rather what he would call rock climbing on a horse – yet it was the best 4 days of his life.

It is true that many people are surprised by the Andes. This in turn surprises us as we think, “Well what did you expect from riding in the mountains?” I think in many countries there are “trails” which are often wide tracks perhaps between or alongside steeper bits. In the Andes you ride on narrow paths usually and up and down the contours which are are sometimes unexpected. This is the norm in the Andes of Chile and we are all used to it, as are the sure-footed horses who take it all in their stride. With good experienced and caring, careful guides, who themselves have ridden these paths since there were children, it can be very safe, but it is often surprising, and perhaps thrilling. Almost everyone comments that it was the trip of a lifetime.

We try hard to give good food in the authentic Chilean style on overnight camping rides. We usually send some wine and the famous pisco sour, (unless it is a family ride with children). Often for just one night’s camping the evening meal will be a barbecue, because that is the tradition in Chile – but we can provide vegetarian food as well. On a longer trip, for the second night the guide often cooks a cazuela – a delicious Chilean national dish. For breakfast it will probably be eggs and porridge, a fruit salad and some bread and avocado. Sometimes the guide catches a fish or too and makes a special dish for you – but this is not guaranteed!

Some excerpts from TripAdvisor reviews are listed below the photographs.

camping in the Andes - horse rolling

 

setting up camp, horse riding in the Chilean Andes

I just returned from a 3-day/2-night horseriding trip (February 10-12), and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Chile…I loved the remoteness of the area, as once we started our climb into the mountains we saw no one for three days.

overnight (2 days, one night) ride in the mountains. 
The ride was definitely the highlight of my time in Chile – confident and sure-footed horses, stunning scenery and total tranquility in the evening. 

We rode up into the mountains (with minimal horse riding experience) where we were in awe of the endless Andes.. I highly recommend that you camp under the stars.

So off we set, 2 Aussie city slickers on horseback following our guide Rigo & for backup behind us was another guide Leo then the mule carrying all our gear (next time I’ll leave my coffee machine in Melbourne) plus a few dogs for good measure…..Upon return to the camp there was some light rainfall. Before leaving we opted for the sleeping under the stars option so we had no tents but no problemo, Rigo gets on the satellite phone & calls for a tent. A few hours later a young guy emerges from the bush with a tent. We’re like ”Where the f@# did this dude come from?” turns out he had run all the way from home, now that’s what I call service! 

For TripAdvisor general reviews see our testimonial page .  For review comments on specific topics see also Highlight of our tripcamping ridesgood quality horsesguidesnervous riders I felt like a cowgirlefficient smooth administration Novice riders

Horse paintings: Australian artist Ros Goody

Horse paintings: Australian artist Ros Goody

Horse and country life paintings by Ros Goody who visited Horse Riding Chile parcela to study and photograph scenes, animals and people at work in the Chilean Andes in a mountain rural background. Continue Reading

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