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Best Horseback Riding Tour in Belize with St. Leonard's Tours

By Angela Wu 6/8/2019 4 minutes


Getting the opportunity to saddle a horse and go horseback riding in Belize for the first time with St. Leonard’s Tours was simply marvelous. As a beginner, I had no idea how to prepare or saddle a horse, let alone riding one! This Belize horseback riding lesson and tour covers 2 phases: 1) 1-hour introduction on preparing and saddling a horse, and 2) 2-hour horseback riding session on the San Lorenzo Farm trail.

This half-day horseback riding tour is perfect for beginners who are looking for an introduction lesson to horseback riding in Belize as well as riding veterans who are interested in refreshing their horseback riding skills or anyone who’d like to explore Belize’s western countryside on horseback.

Mrs. Carla picked up Pablo, Luis, and I up from our office in San Ignacio to head to San Lorenzo Farm where St. Leonard’s Stables are located. The drive took us a little under 15 minutes on the George Price Highway heading towards San Jose Succotz Village and the ever so popular Xunantunich Maya Ruin. Along with St. Leonard's Stables, there are other notable businesses, such as Hannah Stables and Nabitunich, that offer horseback rides in Belize, either along San Lorenzo Farm's trail or horseback riding to Xunantunich Maya Ruins.

Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback Riding in Belize

Upon arriving at the stables, we were greeted by Mr. Rodolfo and his farm's caretaker. The last time we saw Mr. Rodolfo was when we went on an exciting spelunking tour at Actun Chapat Cave. This time, he gave us the introductory session for horseback riding.

Our team learned how to properly prepared and saddle a horse. For a first-timer, the process was interesting to know about and having the opportunity to saddle my own horse was a pleasure. The name of my horse was Elijia, Luis’ was Joshua and Pablo’s was Tobit. We learned that the key amazing horseback rides is to take great care of your horse and to be comfortable with them.

Here’s how you saddle a horse western style in Belize:

  1. Groom your horse thoroughly, especially where the saddle mat and seat will go.
  2. Make sure the saddle mat is clean before it is placed on your horse’s back, being sure to cover the withers.
  3. Place the right-hand stirrup of the saddle and the girth over the seat of the saddle.

    Horseback Riding in Belize
    Horseback Riding in Belize

  4. Stand on the left-hand side of the horse and hoist the horse’s saddle to gently place onto the horse’s back. The saddle horn should be right on top of the horse’s withers and lie evenly on the saddle blanket.
  5. Release the stirrup from the saddle and pull the girth down off the seat.
  6. Sling the girth under the horse’s belly just behind its front legs and feed the cinch strap through the ring of the girth and then back up. Repeat once.

    Horseback Riding in Belize


  7. Pull the strap to the left of the upper ring and then cross over to the right.
  8. Feed the strap behind the upper ring and then through the ring to the front, tucking it under where it crossed itself.
  9. Take up the slack in the cinch strap, pulling up from the bottom to fit the saddle snugly on the horse.
  10. Mount the horse on your left-hand side and you’re ready to ride.
Each of us took our turn to saddle up our horses, Mr. Rodolfo guided us throughout the entire process to ensure that it was done properly and the horses were comfortable with what we were doing. Once we got that phase 1 down, we moved on to phase 2 of the tour, which was the horseback riding portion of the tour.

Mrs. Carla brought each of us a helmet and a bottle of water for the horseback riding tour. We were fitted into our helmets with the help of Mrs. Carla, making sure it wasn’t too tight or had too much slack.

From there, we mounted our horses one-by-one from the left of the horse and started the trail. The trail was at least 3 and a half miles long with many historic remnants of the Maya people that once inhabited the area along with the many plants and vegetation that had regrown over the years.

Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback Riding in Belize

The horseback riding experience was more than I had expected. At no point, prior to the tour, I thought I would be taking a first-hand history lesson of the area that was once a connected village to the ancient city of Xunantunich.

Mrs. Carla was well-versed in her history information about the Maya that once occupied the land. According to Mrs. Carla, Xunantunich was a thriving city that later became abandoned due to the substandard farming situation that forced them to retreat to other parts of Belize. As unfortunate as it was for the Maya people to retreat from their homes, the image of the highest point of El Castillo was immaculate.

El Castillo from Xunantunich Archaeological Site is the second highest man-made structure in Belize, next to the first, Caana from Caracol Archaeological Site. Indeed, the king, or Ajaw or Ahau in Mayan, would certainly feel as if he’s on top of the world.

Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback Riding in Belize

Although we didn't get the chance to go horseback riding to Xunantunich Maya Ruins, we saw a beautiful wealth of natural wonders on our trail.

We continued along the riding trail and saw intriguing flora and fauna of Belize. Mrs. Carla stopped at different spots to show us locally grown fruits, herbs, spices and other traditional plants used by the ancient Maya.

We rode our horses until we had arrived at a shallow bank where the Mopan River flowed. We took our horses to take a drink of water and a short break before heading back on the trail.

Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback Riding in Belize

The western countryside of Belize was spectacularly beautiful. Taking a half day to learn about the native people who inhabited the area eons ago and being impressed by the strikingly beautiful terrain on St. Leonard’s tame and obedient horses was a great time spent.

Much gratitude to everyone at St. Leonard’s Tours for taking us out on this half-day horseback riding experience. It was, indeed, a splendid time we had at San Lorenzo Farm with Mr. Rodolfo, Mrs. Carla, and their farm’s caretaker.

If you’re interested in booking this tour with St. Leonard’s tours, then check them out on belizing.com! St. Leonard's Tours also offers many other popular tours that you can do in Belize such as exploring Actun Chapat and Xunantunich, visiting Big Rock Falls and go horseback riding or going on a full day horseback riding tour to Xunantunich.

The Belizing.com team previously went caving Actun Chapat Cave with St. Leonard's Tours. If you'd like to read about our experience at Actun Chapat Cave, then check out our blog!

Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback Riding in Belize

Where is this tour located?

St. Leonard’s Tours offers this half-day horseback riding lesson and riding tour at San Lorenzo Farm, located just off the George Price Highway on Mile 71. It is a privately-owned family organic farm in Western Belize that boasts many native and migrant plants.

San Lorenzo Farm is in close proximity to the village of San Jose Succotz and one of Belize’s most popular Maya sites, Xunantunich. On your horseback riding trail, you will be able to see the highest point of El Castillo Temple.

Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback Riding in Belize

How to get to San Lorenzo Farm?

You can get to San Lorenzo Farm by ground transportation, either public bus, private vehicle, rental, or shuttle transfer. By booking this horseback riding tour with St. Leonard’s Tours, once it is within San Ignacio Town limits, you can request a pickup to San Lorenzo Farm.

Mrs. Carla or Mr. Rodolfo will sure be able to accommodate you with complimentary transfers for the tours that you book with them. You can find and book tours offered by St. Leonard’s Tours on Belizing.com. They are an excellent choice to explore Belize’s countryside!

What is the cost of this tour?

The cost of this Belize horseback riding lesson and tour is $40 USD. This price includes complimentary pick-up and drop-off within San Ignacio Town limits, bottled water, light snacks, and refreshments, as well as riding equipment.

Each session lasts 3 hours, 1-hour introduction course and 2 hours riding tour on the San Lorenzo Farm trail. This tour is not like any other Belize horseback riding tours because it gives you the opportunity to learn about preparing the horse for riding and get a fascinating history lesson of the Mayas that once built communities in the area.

St. Leonard Tours is offering a special rate of $40 BZD for locals who are interested in experiencing this one-of-a-kind horseback riding tour. This offer is available from Monday to Saturday until the beginning of December.

What to bring/wear?

This half-day horseback riding tour is an easy tour for beginner and veteran riders. On this tour, you will be provided with your riding gear as well as bottled water at the beginning of the riding portion of the tour and refreshing lime juice at the end of the ride.

It is recommended that you wear a thin long sleeve shirt, long pants, and tennis shoes. Items that you should take along this tour are sunblock, bug spray, GoPro/camera, and a light sling bag.

Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback Riding in Belize

When is the best time to go on this tour?

The best time to experience this half-day horseback riding tour would be in the morning since it is much cooler compared to afternoons. St. Leonard’s offers this experience 6 days a week, from Mondays to Saturdays starting at 8:00 a.m.

Considering that it is a half day experience, lasting 3 hours, you have the rest of the day to explore more of Belize’s countryside with St. Leonard’s Tours. Some great options would be to visit Xunantunich or Big Rock Falls.
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$
25
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
Do you want to learn some basic horsemanship? This tour is designed for people who want an introduction to handling, saddling and riding a horse while enjoying the beautiful countryside ... moreand connecting with nature.
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
Your adventure starts with an 8 am pick up from your San Ignacio hotel. You will then have a short drive to the stables where your personal guide will enthrall you with the site's ... morehistory and fauna of the archeologically rich San Lorenzo area for approximately two hours. Once you leave the farm you then take an approximately 1-hour drive to the amazing Big Rock Falls. Once at the falls you will enjoy your home cooked lunch. Although the path to the falls will require some physical agility, the opportunity to witness and swim close to this spectacular 150-foot cascade is a must see. After a few hours frolicking in the water, you will be ready for your drive back to your San Ignacio hotel. Alternatively, you may opt to curtail your time at Big Rock Falls and enjoy the sedate Rio On Pools as well before driving to your hotel.
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75
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
A quiet riverside trail will take you to the village of San Jose Succotz where you will cross the river by ferry. Just a little further on is the well known Mayan city complex of Xunantunich. ... moreAfter an hour exploring this site, you will be happy for your steady steed to get you off your feet for your ride home. WEIGHT limit: 245 lbs per rider (comfortable long pants higly recommeded)

Time: 4-5 hours (includes 1 hour at the site)

Angela Wu

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