5 Tips to enjoy a horseback riding tour in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for being an adventure destination. The country’s incredible beaches, mountains, forests, and trails offer limitless activities to enjoy. If, while visiting the “pura vida” country, you’re looking to explore tropical meadows on horseback, Mistico Park is the perfect place to go. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to relax your mind and your body while having a unique adventure.

You don’t need to be a professional to go horseback riding. However, it’s highly important to have a positive attitude and to keep some tips in mind. These are 5 tips to enjoy a horseback riding tour in Costa Rica.

1. Clothes and accessories

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Comfort is one of the most important things to keep in mind while planning a horseback riding tour, which is why it’s important to wear loose fitting pants so that you can move your legs and enjoy your experience.

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You’ll also need closed-toe shoes, and accessories such as sunglasses and hats, in order to avoid direct contact with the sun’s rays. You can also wear a lightweight, long sleeved shirt to protect you from UV rays. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and insect repellent.

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2. Creating bonds of trust and showing confidence

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Horses are very sensitive animals and they can sense shyness or fear, as well as confidence and self-assuredness. From the first moment you make contact with the horse, relax and pet him calmly. Avoid making sudden movements or squeezing him, as this can be upsetting for the horse.

Before getting on the horse, show him that you’re confident, and he’ll take care of guiding you around the area. The horses, having adapted to their environment, know the particularities of the land, which means that you can relax throughout the journey.

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3. Physical safety

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Your safety and the safety of your loved ones is fundamental when riding a horse. Before getting on the horse, check that the saddle is properly mounted, with the saddle, stirrups, straps, and reins secured.

At Mistico Park we provide all of the necessary equipment to go horseback riding safely. Our guides will also give you all of the necessary instruction so that you feel safe during the tour, and they’ll be on hand to answer any questions and to offer help at any moment while you’re horseback riding.

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4. Concentrate when getting on the horse

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After creating a bond of trust with the horse, it will be time to get in the saddle. You must put your left foot in the stirrup first, using your right hand to hold onto the saddle. Then, using momentum, you have to pass your right leg above the horse and put it into the other stirrup. Once you’re on the horse, take your horse’s reins and make sure that you feel comfortable.

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5. Start your journey with a great attitude

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The fun starts once you’re on the horse, it’ll be time to enjoy an incredible experience. Horses are highly intelligent animals that can overcome difficulties they run into. You can trust your horse, and simply show him the way that you want to go.

Horseback riding in our meadows is beneficial to you, as you’ll be breathing pure, clean air. Your leg, hand, and back muscles will also get a workout while you ride. The most important thing is that you’ll feel healthier and revitalized while in nature.

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Don’t let social networks or your friends’ travel photos be your only gateway to Costa Rica. Follow these instructions while on vacation and start collecting your own spectacular memories!

At Mistico Park, we offer a guided horseback riding tour, which allows you to enjoy a journey through beautiful meadows. You’ll also be able to appreciate the dense forests and the lookout points on the highest hills, where you can see the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake clearly.

Paco’s Horses are waiting for you!

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