Explore the Beauty of the Region

And fall in love with our Costa Rican horses.

Our trail rides are based on Natural Horsemanship philosophies focussing on communication, trust and leadership. We ride them bitless, meaning in either their natural rope halter or a bosal.
Participating in various activities like ground games, jumping, Natural Horsemanship dressage, bridleless riding, liberty games, etc. our horses are not routine trail horses. They seek partnership with their riders. Therefore we recommend beginners to take 1-2 riding/Horsemanship lessons.
Experienced Natural Horsemen will have time play with their horses and get to know them before the trail ride.
Whether you are staying in one of our accommodations or just for a day trip, you will find a trail ride that provides you with an unforgettable experience.

Floralia Loop, 1 hour

This loop is great for everyone, especially those who don’t want to spend too many hours in the saddle. Get a taste of horseback riding while taking in the beautiful views of the mountains, pass through a little town, and even a section of forest.
This ride offers a chance to trot and canter if you want.
Since we have small Costa Rican horses, the weight limit for this ride is 190 lb.
Cost: $55 USD per person

Bella Vista Loop, 2 hours

Ride through quiet farmland with beautiful views of the mountains. See how sugar cane and bananas grow as we pass local farms. Ride through the little town of Bella Vista.
This ride offers chances to trot and canter if you want.
Since we have small Costa Rican horses, the weight limit for this ride is 190 lb.
Cost: $65 USD per person

Three Rivers Loop, 3 hours

Ride up to a beautiful ridge with 360-degree views of the mountains then descend into a lush tropical valley. Along the way cross three rivers.
This ride includes trotting and cantering over difficult terrain and is recommended only for experienced riders.
Since we have small Costa Rican horses, the weight limit for this ride is 170 lb.
Cost: $75 USD per person

Overlook Picnic ride, 5-6 hours (including 1-hour lunch stop)

Ride through private farmland and climb to a stunning overlook. Have your picnic lunch while enjoying the vast views of a beautiful Valley.
You will be trotting and cantering over difficult terrain so we recommend it for experienced riders only.
Since we have small Costa Rican horses, the weight limit for this ride is 170 lb.
Cost: $85 USD per person

Tabarcia Pizza ride, 5-6 hours (including 1.5-hour lunch stop)

Climb to a ridge with a 360-degree view, descend into the valley and cross rivers to have lunch at a local restaurant in the town of Tabarcia. Pass by local farms, homes, and forest.
This ride includes trotting and cantering over difficult terrein and is recomended only for experienced riders.
Since we have small Costa Rican horses, the weight limit for this ride is 170 lb.
Cost: $95 USD per person

Off the Beaten Track, Our Lush Surroundings Set Us Apart.

Journey through rolling, green mountains inhabited by cane and cattle farmers.

Cross rivers, take in the amazing views, and appreciate wildlife.

 Our Horses Are Our Partners.

A typical day in the life of one of our horses may include one natural horsemanship session and no more than one lesson or one trail ride a day. Participating in many different things like jumping, dressage, and natural horsemanship games, these are definitely not routine trail horses!

Living in the setting of a natural horsemanship farm, our animals desire connection with their human riders. With our horses you won’t just be a passenger; you will be a partner. For this reason, we suggest that beginners take one or two riding lessons before setting out on the trails.

At Establo San Rafael we understand that our horses are living creatures. We don’t push them to ride the same trails over and over throughout the day, and we do not overwork any of our animals. We have an 86kg (190lb) weight limit for our two-hour ride and 77kg (170lbs) for longer rides.

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