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About Horseback Riding in Philippines

It is perhaps the oldest form of transportation. Way before the time when we discovered how to travel using carriages, much less flying a plane, riding a horse was the most reliable and fastest way to get from point a to point b. According to historians, nobody knows for sure when people started domesticating horses for transportation, but recent evidence indicate that it was already happening as early as 3,500 B.C. This comes as no surprise as ancient art like cave sketches have illustrated how humans interacted with these majestic animals. Even today, we still ride horses not just for transportation but also for competitive sports, agriculture, leisure, and many more.

With its significance in human history, it would be a great experience to be able to ride a horse at least once in your life. Think of the many prominent people who have been portrayed to be literally in the saddle like George Washington, Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great, as well as important Filipinos like Emilio Aguinaldo, Antonio Luna, and Gregorio del Pilar. With its usefulness, just imagine the number of wars won, messages sent, goods delivered, persons transferred, and many more because of horses. So if you’re looking to try something new and will remain a classic for the years to come, horseback riding is a highly recommended activity.

Where to ride horses in the Philippines

Every year, many people go to Baguio for its relaxing climate and tourist-friendly destinations. It offers so many activities, which includes horseback riding. Even today, this activity remains popular in the city, especially among children. Baguio is also the first on everyone’s list when it comes to horseback riding.

Wright Park is best destination in Baguio for those who want to be a pseudo cowboy for the day. It has a wide area with trails that you can follow while on the back of the horse. During the ride, you’ll be treated with amazing views of nature, from pineclad areas to fields with colorful blooms. You can also ask to have your picture taken by a professional photographer for an additional fee.

Camp John Hay is another spot in Baguio for horseback riding. It has a more exclusive trail with rugged terrains. The view is also stunning with tall pine trees surrounding you as well as wide grasslands. There are spots for picture-taking and areas that are so steep that the horse will need to gallop to get to the top. The experience will be relaxing and exciting at the same time.

Tagaytay is another popular destination for aspiring horse riders. Picnic Grove is one of the most popular parks in the city and it features different offers for horseback riding. You can avail of a ride along a trail that leads to a scenic view of the Taal Volcano, while the other will take you to wide plantations of pineapples and root crops.

There are also other nature parks in the Philippines where you can enjoy horseback riding. Some of them are found in Laguna, Davao, and Bukidnon. For a different experience, you can even ride a horse along the beach in Boracay.

Before the ride

If it will be your first time with horseback riding, you will be briefed about so many things, from jumping into the saddle to controlling the direction of the horse. Remember to listen carefully and always follow your guide during the ride. Do not attempt anything foolish like taunting the horse as accidents during this activity can be very fatal.

In addition, be sure to the proper attire: long pangs and closed shoes are recommended for comfort and stability. Avoid wearing necklaces, pendants, string bags, or anything that can get tangled with the horse and the accessories.