During a trip to Florida during March we had the chance to experience horseback riding at the Florida Ecosafari at Forever Florida location in St. Cloud, Florida. My wife, daughter, and I took the experience because we don’t have a chance to do horseback riding in New Jersey. Even though it was just a few weeks ago our daughter talks about the experience as if it was just yesterday. This was an experience that we will not forget.
Once we walked into the main building we were asked which experience of the many offered we were there for. We filled out documents, and waivers. After that we sat inside the building that has a store, and a small food area. Our tour guide was on his way in from a previous tour. All of us were advised that there were NO bathrooms on the tour. When he arrived he went over some basic safety tips. After that we walked from the main building to the stable area. Once at the stable area our guide got us our horses. We were in a group with some other very nice people.
After getting our horses we started our 1 ½ hour tour of the property. We were advised that the tour could be slightly longer, or shorter based on any uncontrollable factors. When we initially started down the path our guide pointed out some gators. Throughout our tour he pointed out some things that aren’t really seen during the tours, but more in morning hours, or late afternoon. These were tracks belonging to hogs, fox, coyote, and possibly others.
Halfway through the tour we came upon a small creek that we would be crossing through. The only bad thing about this creek is that it was still slightly cold. If it was later in the year it wouldn’t have been so bad. We all had to remember to keep our feet in the stirrups, but out of the water. We all succeeded in doing this, and ended up dry. On the way back we got a little more speed up in some random spots.
All in all the Horseback Safari experience was worth every bit. We all enjoyed ourselves, and hope to do it again one day in the future. One thing I can urge everyone that is thinking of doing this is to please bring some cash because tipping the guide is encouraged if you enjoyed yourself.