Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, and what better way to enjoy them than on horseback? Horseback riding on the beach is a unique and unforgettable experience. If you love horses, why not soak up the sun, feel the ocean breeze, and get in touch with nature on a ride.
Horse Riding or Horse Surfing: What the Heck is it?
Horsesurfing is a unique activity that involves riding horses on the beach and into the water. It is called horsesurfing because the horses are essentially "surfing" through the waves as they walk. The activity uses a special breed of horse that is comfortable in the water. It is called a Drum Gypsy horse and its large, calm and friendly. It is a popular attraction for visitors to Florida who are looking for a unique and exciting experience. You will see these horses as you cross the causeway to Anna Maria Island on the Gulf coast of Florida.
If you don't want to get wet and ride a horse in the water, then you can choose a beachfront ride instead. The Tennesse Walking Horse is also used for beach riding. You will find them on the beaches of Amelia Island on the east coast of Florida. This special breed of horse posesses its own gait that is smooth. Comfort and speed is enjoyed by the riders on a horse that doesn't tire easily. Perfect for a ride by the ocean.
Best Places for Horse Riding on Florida Beaches:
Riding on the Causeway Beach near Anna Maria Island
The causeway that connects Anna Maria Island to the mainland is a where we chose to check out the horseback riding with Cponies. It is so cool to see the horses deep in the water and they seem to enjoy it. If you are brave, why not give it a try? You can book most of these tours online. Always check ahead of time to see if they are operating and what their cancellation policy entails. The weather and tidal conditions may influence their hours.
Is it Expensive to go Horseback Riding on the Beach?
The cost of horseback riding on the beach varies depending on the tour operator and the package you select. Prices typically range from $125 and up per person. Some companies offer discounts for groups or for booking multiple tours. It's important to check with the tour operator ahead of time to confirm availability and pricing.
Some Horseback Riding Companies with Good Reviews
Please note: this information was gathered from TripAdvisor and Google reviews. This is not an endorsement of these companies.
Is Beach Riding Safe for Beginners?
Horses can be unpredictable, and riding them in the sand and water adds an extra level of difficulty. However, these horses have likely spent many hours in the water and with a variety of riders.The most important thing is to choose a reputable horse riding provider that specializes in beach rides, has good reviews, and has well-trained horses. They will ensure you have safety gear and will give you instructions for a safe experience. Also check out their cancellation policy.
Bring Your Own Horse? Don't Say Nay
If you can have a horse and trailer, you can bring your horse to go horseback riding on the beach in these locations, too, with permission.
Canaveral National Seashore
Restrictions apply and a permit is required. Link for the National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/cana/planyourvisit/horse.htm
St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra
St. Johns County, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra beaches provide 30 miles to make waves on horseback. To obtain a permit, visit the St. Johns County website. http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/hcp/riding.aspx
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