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I am always up for a new adventure. Whether it be flying off to Ecuador with Me to We, accepting an offer to a 7-year dual degree program, or swinging from the side of the CN Tower, I’m always up for trying something new. So when my Mom wanted to ride a horse on the beach I was all too eager, despite my severe allergy to horses. My mother grew up with horses and my grandparents still race horses but sadly because of my allergies I’ve never been able to ride. I decided that this would be a once in a lifetime experience with my parents and I just couldn’t pass it up. So, with all of my skin covered, one Reactine, and three Benadryl tablets I was ready to ride!
We chose to ride with The Gold Mine Ranch in Aruba, a ranch that offers group or private tours with rescued horses and wonderful guides.
After a quick lesson about commands and riding, we were off!
The Gold Mine Ranch gets it’s name from the near-by gold mine ruins on the beach where we were riding.
Our tour guide was fantastic, he would get off of his horse to take pictures of us throughout the spectacular 2-hour ride. I was so grateful to have someone documenting this experience!
Despite the fact that this was my very first time on a horse, our tour guide decided it was a good idea to trot and then gallop along the beach, through rocky terrain, and up the dessert-like hills surrounding the ranch. Let me say that again, we were galloping! What an experience! I was terrified but it was exhilarating and I totally understand why people love to ride. I was paired with a beautiful, gentle horse named Maria. Throughout the ride our guide would yell “Vámonos, Maria!” and I knew I should hold on tight because Maria and I were about to take off!
If you ever get the chance to ride horseback on the beach I would highly suggest that you do it! It was an unforgettable experience. I wonder where my next adventure will take me…