last year i did the tour with la ponderosa and they were great. went to the gold mine ruins and where the natural bridge use to be. they were great with the beginners of the group. i really enjoyed their tour. this year i tried el paseo and did the beach/snorkel tour.....i LOVED it! it was just me and the owner and he was a great guide. he also does private tours pretty much anywhere you want to go. i will definately be doing this ride again.
both places took very good care of their horses and the saddles were in good shape. if i can answer anything for you...just ask!