Mind you, my husband Tony and I have ridden horseback just a handful of times, the last occasion being well over a decade ago. So I naturally felt some trepidation as we approached the stables, which are located a few miles from Po'ipu Beach on the site of a working cattle ranch.
There were several people lined up for our morning tour, all of whom obviously had more recent experience on horseback than we. However, the capable crew at the stables quickly quelled our fears and, upon our request, outfitted us with mild-mannered and gentle horses. They helped us into the saddles (they even provide a platform that makes getting into the saddle so much easier than if you are starting from ground level) and the glorious adventure began…..
Our horses trotted gently through grasses and plains on a red dirt trail, reaching breathtakingly beautiful bays and beaches that one just doesn’t readily see from the road. Every turn brought forth a gasp of awe from our group, as we meandered through lush vegetation to reach a clearing that afforded us a spectacular view of the rugged coastline. Our affable guide embellished the entire experience with his tales of ancient and historic Hawaiian legends when we stopped at various beaches and outcroppings along the trail.