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Horsesome trek

We honestly can't speak highly enough of this exceptional horse riding experience. Having done many... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2021
F8532RQrichardd
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Auckland, New Zealand
Fantastic riding experience

We had an awesome 2-hour farm and beach ride! Cara matched us up well to her amazing good-natured... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2021
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Reviewed 12 October 2020

We had a wonderful 2 hour trek over the farm and down to Surat Bay. As others have said, Cara is an excellent guide and we enjoyed hearing about the area and its history. I recommend the beach ride, the views are amazing.

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank Collandco
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Reviewed 17 August 2020 via mobile

We had a fabulous trek down by the beach and across farmland with great views. Cara was an excellent guide and tailored the trek to our experience and needs. We would definitely come back again.

Date of experience: July 2020
Thank MonMuir
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Reviewed 12 July 2020 via mobile

Cara and Glenys were fantastic hosts, helping to teach our young children on their first ride. They took care to lead the children down to the beach and then gave them an opportunity to ride independently on the way home. Thank you for a lovely and memorable afternoon.

Date of experience: July 2020
Thank boldlollipop
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Reviewed 8 May 2019 via mobile

We came back after a couple of years and enjoyed another amazing day with Cara and her lovely horses. My partner and I went on a stunning and sunny beach ride on absolutely easy-going horses. The fact that the summer season is over, left the beach only for us wich was awesome. Thanks again, Cara for the perfect ride! We'll definitely be back, again!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019

Windy rainy day....
I am an intermediate rider, I just lost my own horse a month ago, so my loving husband booked us this ride. He is a complete beginner, so we expected the quiet horse for him, at least. Well, his horse was very spooky, he almost got thrown off about 5 times, and my horse become nervous few times...

Things that spook horses - road signs, gates, people on the bicycles, sea lion, sounds of the sand fallen into the ocean, the seaweed on the beach, etc.
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And I know that horses could be nervous...Also trying to bite my husbands legs off constantly, perhaps with improper saddle fit. That was scary...
However I am a very patient rider but even I couldn't keep it cool and had to get off ... My horse just disrespectfully bulldozed through me!!!
Cara is a kind person and cares for horses. However they developed very bad habits on the ground and under saddle. I watched he to tack/saddle them up and they show no respect whatsoever on the ground. I know it takes just about 3 days to train the horse to stay still for mounting, but even her horse was not trained enough to ever do so...

Very poor horsemanship skills, when the horses go ballistic she just try to sweet talk to them instead of fixing the problem...
Also, for my complete beginner husband there were no horn or even even a strap to hold on the entire time, so I was concerned for his safety.

I was looking forward to this ride with the expectation of an amazing memories and pictures. I would love to trot/canter some too. However, Cara was not even ever offered to get off, position the riders and get breathtaking pictures, well, she couldn't manage her own horse!
The view and the ocean/beach was awesome, however my confidence went down and I had to watch and worry about next tantrum horses might have....

So summery of the trip - enjoy on your own risk, No one will take your pictures.... The horses are my passion in life and good training is the key - it will help both, the rider and the horse to achieve the trusting balance!!!
And if you advertise the business, just put some mileage/training on your horses - I just wanted to let everyone know what to expect.
The beauty of the country is unprecedented, We Love NZ....

Will be booking with Moonlight Stables next time we come again - they are the best!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Christopherljones72
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