Valente F. Barrena offers horseback riding vacations at Cuadra San Francisco
Horseback Riding Vacation with Cuadra in Los Cabos, Mexico
Do you often worry about the health and welfare of the horses you see running on the beach with riders clad in shorts and flip flops, holding onto the saddle horn for dear life? Pack your worries away in the saddle bag during a horseback riding vacation with Cuadra San Francisco. Master Horseman Francisco J. Barrena has been training well cared for horses at his Mexico ranch for over 17 years.
Luxury Horseback Riding Vacation with Andalusian, Lusitano and Lippizzaner Horses
Together with his son, Valente, Barrena owns 53 horses at Cuadra San Francisco in Cabo Real, Mexico. In addition to beginner – advanced quarter horses, Barrena owns Lusitano and Andalusian horses, as well as a gorgeous Lipizzaner stallion. While I asked to ride a Lusitano, Barrena humored me with a smile and a request to return for a riding lesson the following day. Needless to say, the proud owner of these noble animals would want to view my riding ability before letting me ride off in the Baja California desert with one of his horses.
“The Lusitano horse is very spirited, extremely noble and versatile, “ noted Barrena. “Lusitano horses were used during conquest in America. They came from Spain in the 15th century. Lusitanos and Andalusian horses are similar with different blood lines.”
Nancy Brown and Chicharito on a Cuadra San Francisco horseback riding vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico
Cabo Beach or Mountain Canyon Horseback Riding Vacation
While beginning equestrians and those seeking beach photo opportunities with the Pacific Ocean waves in the background may prefer the beach, advanced riders will want to head into the desert for this horseback riding vacation. My trail ride guide, 21 year old, Alejandero Perez, from Mexico City, was willing to help me practice my Spanish, as well as point out the flora and fauna. In his years of riding the desert, he has only spotted the elusive bobcat a few times, while deer, rabbits and coyotes are sometimes seen. He also shared with me that he has taken Hollywood celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Brittany Spears and Justin Timberlake out on horseback riding vacations.
Mexican vaqueros prepare for a horseback riding vacation in Los Cabos
Trick Roping – Floreo de Soga on a Horseback Ride
Alejandero surprised me on our horseback ride with a trick roping demonstration. I can’t imagine working the lasso, let alone jumping through the rope with spurs and a cowboy hat on. This vacarro is quite the cowboy! Speaking of cowboys, make sure to wear long pants and close toed shoes or cowboy boots on this Los Cabos horseback riding vacation. There is plenty of scrub brush and cactus in Cabo Real, Mexico.
Insider Tip: For those not interested in a horseback riding vacation, Cuadra is located next to the Cabo Real Golf Course.