Hawaiian Horseback Ride

Horseback Riding in Hawaii

As part of our honeymoon in Hawaii, we booked a private trail ride in the wilderness of Kauai at a place called Silver Falls Ranch. It was just Stacia and I with our guide, Bruce.

Stacia rode Budders
Stacia on Budders

The ride took us through native and non-native plants across several hundred acres. Our view was spectacular almost the whole time and Bruce was funny, nice, and told us about the island and the plants and animals.

Bruce and Stacia

Because of our experience (mostly because Stacia is a pro) and because we did a private ride, we were able to trot and canter along many of the trails. At one point we even were galloping. It was an unbelievable feeling to go that fast, riding towards the mountains and in such a pristine, beautiful environment.

Although I had been riding for a couple years (taking lessons) this was my first trail ride and my first time galloping!

Me on Wheels
Me on Wheels

After a couple hours of riding we took a lunch break near a waterfall and swimming hole. Here we were visited by some Red-crested Cardinals, a White-rumped Shama, and a couple Cane Toads.

Cane Toad
Cane Toad

Red-crested Cardinals

Cane Toad Stalking Red-crested Cardinal

White-rumped Shama
White-rumped Shama

Right after lunch we swam a bit in the highly refreshing (freezing cold) waterhole.

Waterfalls and Private Swimming Hole

Then we were back on the horses to finish our 3 hour trail ride.

Me on Wheels and Stacia on Budders

There would be more photos of the scenery but taking pictures while cantering is not an easy task. And we would ride fast going towards the mountains, away from the stables.

2 thoughts on “Hawaiian Horseback Ride

  1. The colors of the shama remind me of the Eastern towhee. I had to chuckle a bit at the red-crested cardinals, being a mainlander. Very cool to see, though!
    Horseback riding’s awesome! It’s been too long since I’ve gone, myself. Glad you got to gallop, though! 😉

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