Riding horses has been part of rural Costa Rican life for as long as anyone can remember. Wherever you go, you are sure to find someone renting a horse. Most of the resort and tourist areas have horses available for rides along the beaches or up into the mountains. Guides are available to lead you to scenic waterfalls, and views.
Some areas have become very popular for horse treks, and the increased demand for rides has led to unscrupulous outfitters cashing in on the popularity by providing undernourished and overworked horses for rides. Specially in the Arenal Monteverde area one has to be careful. Taking the cheapest tour is not in the best interest of the horses. Riders weighing over 100kg cannot expect the small local horses to carry them very far. Horseback riding is a pleasure if it's done right. It is certainly part of the tico culture. Please communicate with us about your experiences, recommendations and complaints.
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