The swim ride is in 6’-7’ of water and our horses are very good swimmers!
Yes! Very well, in fact!
They love it! If they didn’t, you wouldn’t be able to get them into the water at all. Horses are very headstrong and don’t do what they don’t want to do. You’ll see how easily they can be steered into the water when it’s time to swim. They love taking a cool dip on a hot day as much as us!
Believe it or not, we have tried to get them to drink fresh water at the beach and they simply refuse. It’s odd to us too! So we have to assume they know what they want and need better than us and we have stopped wasting water wishing they would hydrate.
We live on an island. Our horses are rastas of course! The combination of salt water and wind naturally produces dreadlocks. We take excellent care of our horses, but aren’t so particular about brushing out the tails and manes, so the ‘locks’ remain. It already takes us 4+ hrs to feed all of them…if we brushed every tail and mane each day we wouldn’t have time to do rides. Oh, and the horses don’t care, they think they look cool and mysterious!
Of course! But we don’t make any promises that this form of bribery will earn you a place in their hearts or have them following you home for more. They are quite spoiled and know where their cinnamon-apples are buttered! If you still want to offer treats in exchange for a broken heart, they especially love carrots and apples!
We recommend cool clothing as you’ll be out in the sun for the entire ride. Long pants are advisable but not mandatory if you only have shorts. If your ride includes the swim, wear your swimsuit under your riding attire. We suggest you bring a hat and sunblock, if you have them. Flip-flops and sandals are fine, but if you have closed-toe shoes (sneakers) that’s always best.
“Yes, but they were all bad” (Harry Tasker, True Lies (1994) – played by Arnold Schwarzenegger)
We’re just horsing around – some good people fell off too…. Here’s the thing, if you follow the instructions of your tour guide, you will be fine. If you do fall off, you are only dropping a few feet onto soft sand or in the water. We’ve never had anyone get seriously injured and they’ve all gotten right back into the saddle and carried on.
No, we do not provide refreshments, but you are more than welcome to bring your own with you.
Since this is going to be the most epic thing you do all vacation, bring a camera, GoPro or other similar device to record every minute of this experience! If you are swimming, bring a towel. A backpack or fanny pack comes in handy to keep your valuables with you on the ride. Sunblock and a hat to protect you against the UV rays.
We suggest you leave most of your valuables behind (and NOT in your parked and unattended vehicles).
This changes depending on how many horses are in service at the time, but ranges between 7-10 riders per tour. We want to keep our tours small and personal, so you don’t experience cattle-herding. This allows us to spend as much time with each rider as possible.
We are slightly flexible here. Most horses can take up to 225lbs, but we have 1 or 2 that will carry up to 250lbs.
We allow riders as young as 8 years old on the Beach Rides and from 14 years old on the Swim Rides. We’ve taken riders as young as 98, so if you’re able to get on a horse, we have the hose for you! If you book a private tour we can be a bit more flexible.
Yes. We accept Visa and MasterCard. There are processing fees associated with credit card payments. As always, cash is king, but our guides do not carry cash, so exact change is required.
No (do they still issue these?!)
We accept USD or KYD (Cayman Islands dollars). Gold bars are also appreciated (following intense and professional evaluation).
Our horses accept apples and carrots as payment.
We love kids (got some of our own!), but sometimes kids don’t love horses…(crazy, we know!). They may let you put them on the horse, but then reality sets in and they get scared – we get it. Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds if a child decides they do not want to complete the ride – sales are final. We ask that you make sure your young’uns are comfortable around and on horses before booking the ride.
Unfortunately, not at this time. But there are taxis and buses that can bring you to us.
We are about 20 mins, depending on traffic.
We will send you driving directions once you book your ride.
We ride on the beautiful Barkers Beach at the northern-most tip of Grand Cayman. This protected beach is a hidden gem, still relatively untouched by all the development going on… for now…
Barkers Beach is secluded and quiet, but there are always beachcombers and people using the area for other activities. While the Cayman Islands are mostly safe, there are always the few who spoil it for the many. Best to keep your personal belongings on you at all times and lock your vehicles.
We employ Caymanian guides, so you will get to meet an actual local (born and bred!) when you ride with us. Your guide will either be Shea, Jordan or Paul. While we expect you will fall in love with them (everyone does), two of them are spoken for…sorry!
More than likely. While it’s a secluded beach, there are other horse riding companies and outdoor sports in the area. Just smile and wave, fellas, smile and wave.
Believe it or not, we can’t make people disappear… Your private ride only means that you will be the only guests on that ride with your guide. There are other rides happening at the same time and other people will likely be on the beach doing whatever they want to do. We suggest that you enjoy the experience and take in the beautiful scenery while you can.
(Yes, this was an actual question…)