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Horseriding on Anguilla

Listed under Horse Riding in Anguilla, St Martin and St Barths.

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For novice riders, there is no easier terrain to build experience on than very level and smooth ground. On tiny Anguilla, all riders certainly encounter these easy conditions. However, this being not only a tiny but also very flat one where the quality of the beaches is itself a standout among Caribbean destinations, it is fair to say that what is usually just the standard riding experience on other islands becomes something more exquisite and memorable on Anguilla.

In spite of its size, the beaches on Anguilla are for the most part expansive and made up of the finest powdery white sand. Along with that, they remain extremely tranquil and unspoiled by mass tourism. The shorelines along both of eel-shaped Anguilla's east and west coasts are largely uncluttered by the presence of big hotels.

A ride along the sands at Cove Bay on the southwest side, for example, features some impressive dunes and is a very quiet spot without much beach traffic. These are easy, unimpeded, almost silky landscapes to traverse -- and the sense of solitude and being enveloped in the West Indies as it once naturally was and continues on Anguilla is delicious.

Riding operators such as Seaside Stables will take you out along this particular inlet; they and others on the island may include some inland hacks such as the scenic Gibbons Trails and North Ridge.

Inland trails tend to be meandering paths among thick low vegetation and occasional fields of high grass. One Anguillian point of interest remains its salt ponds, which you can pass by although these are no longer harvested for their salt.

Otherwise, meeting other human traffic off-road is rare unless you pass a house or two -- more likely along your route are the other Anguillian residents -- the island's wild goats and sheep. They will stare back at you momentarily -- the slightly fuzzier fellow is actually the Caribbean sheep --while your horse will elegantly ignore them. Most riding operators take small groups and are glad to accommodate anyone from beginner to seasoned equestrian for early morning or sunset rides that run for anywhere from half an hour to ninety minutes. It is best to wear long trousers and close-toed shoes, and definitely to bring along sunblock. Operators can usually provide helmets.

Written by  Hal Peat.

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