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    What is the best ranch/ride to take kids? I have a 7 yr old and a 6 yr old who want to go when we are out there for my wedding in July 2010.

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    Thumbs up Horseback riding

    The best experience we had was when we went horseback riding with El Paseo Ranch Aruba (elpaseorancharuba.com). A group of friends of us recommended us this ranch, since they had so much fun when visiting them on their cruise vacation. Making reservations was a bit difficult since this ranch is relatively new and they were not affiliated to The Palm Tours, who have the monopoly in all the resorts when booking an activity on the island. We finally made reservations online for the sunset tour and it was sensational! The horses were well kept and they behaved great for the whole tour! I was a little hesitant at first when I read about the horses being ill nourished and weak at some of the ranches. Well, this was not the case at this ranch at all! The horses looked reat and very well maintained. Our guide even brought snacks for them along the ride. We got to see beautiful views of the island and from a horse's back with the wind in your face, it gives the activity a whole other experience. Our guide was so nice and gave us all the attention, and than some more! My wife (being a first time rider) was scared at first, so the guide walked besides her for the first half hour of the tour untill she felt confident enough to ride by herself. Now she can't wait to go back!

    I would definetly recommend this activity with this ranch for everyone who wants to do some fun activities on their vacation!



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    Thanks for this review, I would like to do this and would like maybe to do a sunset trip. Do they pick you up and drop you off after the tour?

    Lisa
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    Sorry you never received a reply.

    My then 11 yo daughter rode with Rancho Notorious http://www.ranchonotorious.com/ and had a terrific experience. They will pick you up and drop you off at your resort.

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    Pretty much the same story with Rancho LaPonderosa.
    The little van/bus comes around bright and early and picks you up and takes you off to the "desert". And as for the young ones, I've seen little kids as young as 4, and the odd time there might be a bit of a scared face, the guides work real fast and well to allay any fears on the part of the child. Patrick and any other guides on the trail have always been very good that way.

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    i have ridden numerous times w/ ponderosa
    their horses are in fine shape
    good legs, feet dispositions
    their tack is fine
    we like their beach ride

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    I don't ride; Andrea knows my "horse experience," but may very well try the Ponderosa when I do return...nothing like, "Nothing ventured; nothing gained."

    Ed

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    i ride very poorly
    have been riding poorly for 50 yrs

    practice does not make perfect in my case.

    but boy can i muck a mean stall!
    as can edronenberg!

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