Riding the trails of Oaxaca, Mexico on horseback
I met the owners at their office, which is centrally located in old town Oaxaca, Mexico. They were on time and drove us for an hour or so, sometimes on dirt roads, out to their ranch on the outskirts of town. Rancho Pitaya is a charming ranch. We all imagined how much fun it would be to live on the ranch. They have horses, chickens, and they take in stray dogs that are all very well behaved. A couple of dogs even joined us on our horseback ride.
Matching rider to horse
They carefully choose the right horse for each rider’s needs. The ranch hands pack a water bottle for each of you and then give you some quick training on how to ride a horse. There is a guide in front of the horses and a guide in back. We took off in a single track line, headed toward a trail that went up and down the mountain. It was not a flat dirt trail. It was a rocky trail through brush. For a beginner rider, it felt like we were doing something that took a little talent. This made our horseback ride more fun because it wasn’t just like a horse at a fair walking around in a circle. The views were great and the hosts coached us through the entire trail ride.
I’m not going to lie, there were moments when I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to stay on the horse because the decline was too steep and my experience is short, but my hosts reminded me to “trust the horse,” and sure enough, the horse saw me through safely.
Back at Rancho Pitaya