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On May 19, 2010 I accomplished one of the things on my list: horsebackriding. I went horseback riding at Kualoa Ranch for one hour.
Let me tell you ... Horses are beautiful animals, but have minds of their own. Horses are exceptionally clever and each have their own personalities. They know when a person is experienced in horseback riding and will take full advantage if you are not. I know mine did. It makes me laugh whenever I think about it.
My horse loved to walk slow, take breaks and eat grass, and bite other horses! I thought to myself, "Oh my Gosh Don't freak out." I'll be honest. I was a little scared. I couldn't make him go any faster because I was too afraid. But at the same time, I thought, "Can you please walk a little faster?!" But I realized after a certain point that I totally had no control over my horse. And I absolutely didn't want my horse to begin sprinting either, so I decided I better not take the risk.
While a group of us went up the mountainside, the view was stunning. The ocean was beautiful from a far, while it was incredible to look up at the mountains to see all of its ridges close-up. I could see Chinaman's Hat in the distance too. It was breathtaking. I couldn't have been more happy to be horseback riding at Kualoa Ranch, fulfilling one of my goals at one of the most beautiful locations.
As we descended down the trail, it was clear how much our tour guide was passionate about his job, as he loved to share the knowlege and history of Kualoa Ranch, paniolos (cowboys), Hawaiian history, and more. I wish I could have only heard more. My horse was slow and I couldn't catch up to hear our guide speak loud enough from the distance I was at, but I did catch some interesting facts. We also had a chance to see where certain movies and shows, such as Pearl Harbor and Lost, had been filmed, as well as where they stored their equipment.
After the tour was finished, I climbed off the horse and realized, a one hour tour is perfect. Any longer and I might've had bruises on my butt for the next couple of days.
If any of you are interested in horseback riding, it's a good experience. Just remember, wear closed-toe shoes. I would highly recommend pants too. You can get a way with wearing shorts, as long as they aren't too short or else you might have a problem. I can't believe some people wear skirts and heels! If you are afraid of horses, don't worry either. You'll learn basic commands before you get on the horse and they know the trails too. There's also a guide who will be there with you.
Bring your camera too! No backpacks are allowed, but a camera can be taken along for the ride.