They call her Ojos Unicos. She is unique, because she has one brown eye and one blue eye. My guides for the day at Rancho Veragua told me that they had chosen her especially for me, as not only was she beautiful, but she had a temperament that would make me fall in love with horseback riding. I had not ridden a horse since childhood, thus I did not know what to expect on my equestrian journey.
Rancho Veragua is located about an hour’s drive from the center of Puerto Plata. It is a 3,500 acre ranch set on a nature preserve rich with organic beauty allowing guests a direct commune with their surroundings. It is a place where I had no objections to slowing down.
Horseback riding in the Caribbean does not get any better than this. My guides and I set off on a two hour trail where I was treated to constant narration of the scenery and area that changed with each gallop.
The trail took me through the scenic northern countryside and provided me a unique opportunity to take in the Dominican Republic first hand. Although it was quite a feat to balance riding a horse up mountains and through rivers while taking photos, I still found the ride to be incredibly relaxing.
My friendly, accomplished, and trained guides upon my arrival to the stables and from the beginning to the end of the trail ensured that I felt comfortable and confident at all times. I highly recommend using Rancho Veragua to experience the thrill of riding a horse through a part of the country that you might never had had the chance to see otherwise.
It was true, Ojos Unicos could not have had a better temperament and saying goodbye to her was difficult. Had I fallen in love with horseback riding? I believe it is still too soon to tell, thus I simply need to return to see if it might be something more than just a crush. . .