|Bayahibe and the beginning of the trip.|
For a horse lover, The Dominican Republic is a perfect country to explore on horseback. There are horses everywhere and the small Dominican horses are made of the strongest material. They take you up mountains, to waterfalls and have the speed of any bigger racehorse.
I was lucky to see a few things from the back of a horse on our trip and my highlight was definitely a tour to the beach with horses from the Rancho Bayahibe. The ranch is kept by a lovely Italian couple that left everything back home and moved to The Dominican Republic, built a ranch and bought horses. The couple had never ridden before but they seemed to treat the horses with respect and after every five weeks the horses spend time together grazing on big fields with lots of green to eat.
|The Italian ranch owner and Alberto|
I had already been to one place looking for horse-back rides, but still decided to ask around a bit. We went diving and snorkelling with Scubafun in Bayahibe and one of the dive instructors told me that Ingrid from Holland at the dive shop knew good places for riding. So we decided to go riding with Ingrid on the following Sunday and my father dropped me off in the center of Bayahibe next to a place called Pica Pollo. The Italian owner picked me up and we met Alberto and the two adorable horses at the edge of the city. Ingrid did not show up so Alberto took me for the four hour ride. Lucky for me because I was able to practice my Spanish and speak my favourite language in the whole wide world: Italian (Bayahibe has a huge Italian community comparable to the Italian community in Playa del Carmen, Mexico).
|Toward the beach|
The ride was absolutely fabulous and it went through fantastic landscapes changing from the city center to big roads, beautiful forest paths and the beautiful beach.
|One of the friends we met on the way. This little fellow I did feel very sorry |
for somehow and would have taken him home if any chance.
We met many other animals on the way and some horses that walked around freely. We walked for quite some time in the beginning but cantered and gallopped a lot. We raced most of the way back home and had so much fun. The ride let us explore a new country with different scenery, got me more acquainted with the lovely little Dominican horse race and most of all we had a great time. Heads up I would do it again.
|One happy goat roaming around with his family.|
|Lovely places to trot and canter and just enjoy the scenery.|
|One of the horse ranches that we passed by.|
|Alberto and me|
|Arriving at the sea|
|My guide knew all of Bayahibe so we chatted a lot along the way.|
|The horses had a well-deserved brake in the shadow.|
|The horses returning to the ranch after a little trip somewhere.|
|The Rancho Bayahibe|
|The stalls of the horses.|