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Joined: 9/2/2017
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 2014

September 01, 2017

In Torres del Paine a ride on horseback is planned through the wilderness. I don't know how to ride. Is there any other way to explore the area?

Author: gaynell

Joined: 8/12/2010
Posts: 271
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 12
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Traveler Since: 2005

September 02, 2017

If you can sit up straight and you can hold on to the saddle horn, you will be fine. The horses used for group tours are usually used to inexperienced riders; they just follow the horse in front of them Tell your guide that you do not know how to ride, and they will give you a docile horse that doesn't need much guidance. Before you leave the mounting area, make sure you practice making your horse stop and go.  Also make sure your feet are firm in the stirrups, and then have fun!


Author: richard r

Joined: 7/21/2010
Posts: 85
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 15
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I've lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, plus Hawaii, Alaska and on both coasts of the USA.

Traveler Since: 1997

September 03, 2017

I rode horses for the first time in Costa Rica and in Brazil's Pantanal at the age of 85+.

No problem, glad I did it, but frankly it was realy boring to lope along in a line of docile horses. Very difficult to take decent photographs from the back of a horse, but the scenery photo ops on both OAT  trips were far better from small boats on the water.   


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