Horseback Riding in Corpus Christi: What to Expect and Things to Know
Every year thousands of people visit Texas, but most miss this piece of paradise. Hidden away, deep down into the far south of the Lonestar state, where the sands are soft, the water is warm and sparkles under the sunshine, you will find Corpus Christi, the largest coastal city in Texas. Nine beaches follow the Texas Gulf Coastline, making it one of the finest beaches in America. Wouldn't horseback riding in Corpus Christi be an amazing experience then?
Corpus Christi is a perfect destination for a family vacation. This beautiful place has a little something for everyone to enjoy. There are a lot of vacation destinations that offer guided horseback rides, but can you imagine what it would be like to ride a horse along the Texas Gulf Coast? Well here is Corpus Christi you can do just that. You will find a large amount of riding schools, training facilities, and barns offering riding lessons but only a couple places that offer to take you on the beach of a lifetime. Here are some things to know about horseback riding in Corpus Christi.
Finding Stables For Horseback Riding in Corpus Christi
Coquat Ranch operates on a much smaller scale than the other stables and has bit a more rigid set of guidelines. Unlike other stables, Coquat Ranch allows only riders with their own horses to trailer in their own horses for a reduced fee which is $10 per horse/rider, full use of facilities including wash rack, several hundred acres, two 1.5-hour walk loops.
Horses on the Beach
Horses on the Beach is much larger stable, situated on 33 acres, just steps away from the beach. Brennan Wells has owned this operation since 2009 and learned how to manage horse stables from his father.
Horses on the Beach is a destination for many who visit Corpus Christi. During the Spring and Summer which Wells calls the “busy season” you will find a staff of at least 20 employees and 80 - 90 horses, that number drops a bit to about 69 horses and 10 employee’s during the fall and the mild winter.
Many of the guests are first time riders, so horses will not go any faster than a walk during the ride. Daytime rides run for approximately one hour, and the sunset ride can go as long as 90 minutes. Riders six and over ride their own horses, but the young ones are safely ponied along with one of the wranglers. All minors must wear a helmet when riding and professional photos are taken and available for purchase at the end of the ride.
After the ride is over, guests are invited to visit the animals at the stables petting zoo and enjoy some fresh seafood and other favorites from the on site food truck. All rides are scheduled over the phone and if you have a group of 10 or more discounts are available.
Other Places for Trail Horseback Riding in Texas
While you're visiting Texas if you want to experience more guided rides there are four state parks that offer horse rentals, all others require you bring your own. Take a look at Big Bend Ranch State Park, Hill County State National Area, and. Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Call parks directly for more information.
Last, but not least...
With all of the excitement of getting to ride on the beach, here are a few things to remember before you head out. Sunscreen! Put it on, then put in on again, and then again all throughout the day. The sun reflects off the sand and can increase your chance of sunburn. If you are going to be wearing a helmet, put your hair in a low ponytail or braid so it will be comfortable.
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