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Old 01-04-2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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Costa Maya & Cozumel Horse Ride

I read on another thread that DCL minimum age is sometimes older than what the age is for the private touring companies. I was wondering if anyone had ever done one of the horse rides privately and if the age was different. My DD will be 11, DCL's minimum age is 12. TIA!!
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Old 01-04-2006, 08:40 PM   #2
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We were in Cozumel last week, (not with DCL) and there is plenty of opportunity to ride the horses without an organized excursion....but I wouldn't. Those poor horses were emaciated! Saddest thing I've (almost) ever seen.
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Old 01-04-2006, 08:51 PM   #3
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What I was asking is, if I booked privately with the same company DCL used, which I would assume would have to be reputable, would the minimum age maybe be lower?
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I do not think that if you book privately there would be any age limit.

When we rode in St. Maarten, we all did and my girls were 5, 8, 10 & 12.

Maybe call ahead to the stables and ask.
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:03 AM   #5
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I do not think that if you book privately there would be any age limit.

When we rode in St. Maarten, we all did and my girls were 5, 8, 10 & 12.

Maybe call ahead to the stables and ask.
Who did you book with in St. Maarten?
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:12 AM   #6
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We booked Lucky Stables through the hotel we were staying at.

They do have a website - just do a search. I am not sure if we are allowed to post websites.
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I noticed too that a lot of private operations don't have the age restrictions Disney has... this is probably because if your child got hurt through Disney, you could probably sucessfully sue. However, good luck getting a penny from these other outfits, their liability laws are sometimes non-existant and you'd be out of gas on any claim... so they have nothing to lose if you want to throw a toddler on a horse... or jet ski ... or whatever.

I must add however, please don't ignore the other posters warnings about the condition of these animals. I realize you're not asking about the animals but as a decent human I would hope you would not participate in any act of animal cruelty. I have been to Cozumel and as a equine welfare advocate I can say the animals I saw were in a horendous condition. Most were severally under weight and I saw terrible wounds on many horses from improperly fitted tack and tack that had been left on for unacceptable amount of time. Imagine wearing something until it wore away your skin. This would be an excellent opportunity to teach your kids that you don't support animal cruelty for the sake of your own entertainment.
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:52 AM   #8
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Since youv'e been in Cozumel, do you know the names of any reputable companies, which is what I've been asking for? My DD will be 11 and has rode horses on several occasions, so the liability is not really an issue. I agree with you, supporting a place that takes care of their animals is important.
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I can't comment on any of the outfits now, not sure how they faired after the hurricane. I'm sure the devastation of that storm took a huge toll of the livestock. I guess i could only suggest checking out the horses before you lay down any money. For instance, Mr. Santos had horses available. As of last year, before the storm, the horses were in OK condition, not great. Still on the thin side but not as bad as some of the others I saw. What I didn't like about them was the horses were tyed out in the sun, fully tacked - they should have been provided shade. If they are still operational, you could check out the condition of the horses before you ride, if they are in poor condition there's still a ton of activities right there to enjoy (beach, pool, jet skies, bar, restraunt, shops, ect) that would be a better alternative.

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In Cozumel, Disney was using a place called Buenavista Ranch. The horses there were well cared for (and I am VERY fussy because I am a horse owner).
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Old 01-05-2006, 02:21 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info, I'll see if I can find them.
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Yes, thank you for the info.. good to know and nice to hear that people understand the importance of proper care for these animals!
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