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Horseback Riding In Belize

Mountain Equestrian Trails (MET) in Belize has been a premium destination for horseback riding in Central America for the past two decades. For those seeking an exhilarating and adventurous way of visiting some of the most unspoiled attractions in Belize, a horseback riding tour offered by MET may be the perfect fit. From touring ancient Mayan caves to swimming under roaring waterfalls, arriving on horseback by way of dense jungle trails is an unforgettable experience.

Horseback riding in Belize can be quite demanding on the horses and the environment is not ideal for pure-bred American horses. For over 20 years the horse ranch at MET, located in the mountains of the Cayo District, has bred a cross between the local Spanish horses and American Quarter horses in order to obtain the hearty, surefooted breed of horse required for trail riding in Belize.

Most of the local horses in Belize are direct decedents of the Spanish horses that were brought to the Americas by the Conquistadors. The Spanish horses, usually standing between 14-15 hands, have adapted to the humidity of the tropical environment and are less susceptible to disease and parasites. Taking an American Quarter horse, known for their gentle nature and larger size, and crossing it with a local Spanish horse leads to a prime breed of horse that is a little bit larger and perfectly suited for traversing rocky, and sometimes muddy trails that are typically found in the jungles of Belize.

Among the horseback rides offered, the most popular are the full day rides to Big Rock Falls and the Barton Creek Cave tour. The full day Waterfalls Ride starts off at the MET stables where riders are given and orientation on the Western riding style, introduced to their horses and fitted to their saddles. The ride winds its way through rich broad leaf rain forest and up into the Mountain Pine Ridge to Big Rock Falls. After a refreshing swim a gourmet picnic lunch is served and then the riders return on a different trail to maximize the possibilities of seeing wildlife.

The full day River Cave Ride will take riders to the famed Barton Creek Cave. Riders will learn about the culture and primitive farming techniques of the local Mennonite village as they ride through the vast river valley. Taking a short break from horseback riding, you take a small canoe and venture into the river cave that was once used by ancient Maya for ceremonial purposes. Many artifacts are intact in the cave and visible from the canoe. The ride home offers plenty of chances for an exhilarating canter through the valley.

Whether traveling with a family or as an individual, an experienced rider or novice, MET offers horseback riding tours for everyone. The knowledgeable guides are trained in horsemanship and will choose a mount that is suited to each individual’s riding ability. Half day rides are also available.

The guides are also adept in jungle survival and will share their knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Equestrian enthusiasts with a thirst for adventure as they vacation are sure to find what they are looking for in the tours offered by Mountain Equestrian Trails.

Horseback Riding In Belize

Horseback Riding In Belize