The Sad Side of a Horseback Riding Vacation at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
“We just returned from a trip to Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic, ” recalled Claudia Walsh of New York. “Through our hotel, Paradisus Punta Cana, we went on a horseback riding vacation at El Pat Ranch. This was the saddest lot of horses I have ever seen.”
I Could Tell This Was Not Going to be a Positive Horseback Riding Vacation
“I could tell this was not going to be a positive horseback riding vacation right from the time we pulled up to the ranch,” continued Walsh. “I looked to where the horses were tied. They were thin, dull and listless. Some horses only had three shoes on.These horses have never been loved. They were Paso Fino types, which I know have slight frames to begin with, but this was ridiculous. The tack was falling to pieces. However, I participated in the horseback riding vacation, since I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere alone. Honestly, I felt like crying. Surprisingly, my horse was not lame but she never pricked her ears once. They just flopped to the side like all the other horses.”
Horseback Riding Vacation in Punta Cana
“If you are going to ride while in Punta Cana, DO NOT go to El Pat Ranch,” said CS Walsh. ” I am writing our hotel to ask that they not send customers there until they can show improvement. I realize Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic, is a third world country that is poor. I also acknowledge that they are not going to take good care of animals like I take care of my horse in the United States. This being said, the condition of the horses on this horseback riding vacation were really unacceptable.”
While Walsh did note that the scenery in Punta Cana was beautiful, this was obviously not a favorable horseback riding vacation for Walsh. If you have experienced a horseback riding vacation, good or bad, that you would like to share with us, we look forward to hearing from you.
Check Condition of Horses at the Ranch
Another guest said, “The ranch we visited during our horseback riding vacation was very close to the Melia Caribe resort where we stayed. The condition of the horses were deplorable. They were certainly mal-nourished. It was a very sad experience.”
TripAdvisor on Horseback Riding Vacations in Punta Cana
“In all of my years of traveling to the Dominican Republic, among the best memories is my horseback riding vacation in Punta Cana with Rancho El Diferente, ” said Kaki, a TripAdvisor member from Saskatoon, Canada. They sell the rides on the property at Dreams Punta Cana and other hotels, but even if they don’t sell them directly through your hotel they can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or at (809) 552-6322, (809) 342-1639 and (809) 498-3482.
Quality Horses at Rancho el Diferente
The private beach that you gallop down is absolutely gorgeous and undeveloped, but above all is the great condition of the horses and the clearly apparent care that the owner has for them. I could not recommend them more heartily. They have a ton of horseback riding vacation options too, all extremely reasonably priced in my estimation.
Have you been on a horseback riding vacation in Punta Cana, DR?
Please note that the photos provided are not from El Pat Ranch. The photos were taken from a guest on a horseback riding vacation at Pandora’s Stables in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
If You Go:
Rancho El Diferente