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    family horseback riding

    heading down in july.. my youngest is 8. can he go riding, we are all beginners and was looking for tour on beach.

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    Gold Mine Ranch

    I recommend contacting the Gold Mine Ranch. We (wife, 5 yr old son, 8 yr old daughter, and myself) booked a private tour with them in 2011 and 2012.

    We enjoyed it both times. My son rode with my wife, but probably could not do that again as he's getting too big to ride double on those horses (pasa finos -- a smaller breed). My daughter had been on a horse a couple of times before, but just trail rides at a state park. She rode alone and had no troubles.

    Our guide both times was Candy. He doesn't speak much English, but handles the horses well and understands enough if you want to pause for a picture or have him take one for you. He also knows good photo op. locations.

    I do recommend helmets, at least for kids. Our horse stumbled once, though nobody fell off.

    John.

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    You might wish to try Rancho La Ponderosa.
    Nice horses, great guides, good with both experienced and novice riders.
    The "Gold Mine" tour takes you out to the beach after a nice relaxed ride through the back country.
    Almost like being in Arizona, lots of cactus and critters.
    And yes, for safety sake, get helmets. No point in taking any unnecessary chances.

    Enjoy paradise, especially the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainmakr View Post
    I recommend contacting the Gold Mine Ranch. We (wife, 5 yr old son, 8 yr old daughter, and myself) booked a private tour with them in 2011 and 2012.

    We enjoyed it both times. My son rode with my wife, but probably could not do that again as he's getting too big to ride double on those horses (pasa finos -- a smaller breed). My daughter had been on a horse a couple of times before, but just trail rides at a state park. She rode alone and had no troubles.

    Our guide both times was Candy. He doesn't speak much English, but handles the horses well and understands enough if you want to pause for a picture or have him take one for you. He also knows good photo op. locations.

    I do recommend helmets, at least for kids. Our horse stumbled once, though nobody fell off.

    John.
    Ditto regarding the Gold Mine Ranch. Been riding with them several times now and have always had Candy as our guide - great time and great horses.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 --
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    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/horseback%20riding.html
    here are some tagged threads re: horseback riding.

    all of the places already mentioned are very reputable

    might i add......rancho el paso

    i have ridden with most if not all of the ranches and have had a great time.
    i always wear a helmet when i ride, here in the usa and in aruba....always.

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    Hello to all! Since this is my first time visiting Aruba (One Happy Island) I was wondering if I should book the horse riding online with the Gold Mine Ranch or should I wait until I get to Aruba and book the excursions with the concierge (we are staying at the Marriott Stellaris and Casino)? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
    We are also doing the Jolly Pirates afternoon snorkeling tour.

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    that depends.......if online booking before you go gives a substantial discount and you feel better having it booked, then do it online.

    if you want to wait and take a chance that the tour you want is not full and you have to go to 2nd choice, then wait til you get to aruba.
    (ride early morning......afternoon too hot)

    i have found that first time visitors will often "overbook" with activities.
    once on aruba and in a routine of beachgoing it is sometimes hard to tear yourself away from the beach to go on a prearranged tour.
    so, please be cautious and leave plenty of time for being on the beach.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shuga30s View Post
    Hello to all! Since this is my first time visiting Aruba (One Happy Island) I was wondering if I should book the horse riding online with the Gold Mine Ranch or should I wait until I get to Aruba and book the excursions with the concierge (we are staying at the Marriott Stellaris and Casino)? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
    We are also doing the Jolly Pirates afternoon snorkeling tour.

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    You are so right Andrea those are the only 2 activities we wanted to do while we are there (the time will go so quickly), so I may wait until I get there to book, because i am a true beach bum!! Yes we will do the horseback riding on the first morning run, if the tour is available.

    Thanks again for the advice!

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