Providenciales, Turks and Caicos is a pretty laid back, chill atmosphere. So when we were on the hunt for a few activities to do on the island, one of the highly recommended ones was beach horseback riding with Provo Ponies. So we embarked on a half-day ride with Provo Ponies leading the way.
Provo Ponies picked us up from our resort and took us to the horse stables. We were greeted by a large stable and a number of horses of various sizes.
The horses were so sweet. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about the whole thing, as I hadn’t ridden a horse sine I was a child.
The horses were assigned to the various riders. As I scanned the stable of horses, I came across a massive, beast of a horse. Turns out, his name is Thor (of course)… and turns out he was my assigned horse.
Of course he was.
Thor was 2000 pounds. Yes, you read that right, 2000 pounds. He was rescued from Grand Turk and had a commanding presence in the stable.
We mounted the horses, and when I say to you Thor was the widest, biggest horse in the world, I mean just that. He. Was. Massive. My legs were sore for the rest of the day and the stairs at the resort were a huge no-go because my quads were screaming. LOL.
Thor and I, and the rest of the pack, headed out along the dirt roads to the beach. It was quiet and peaceful. When we reached the beach, we trotted in. We were told that the horses love the water more when it is about chest deep, so in we went.
It was so much fun! We trotted for quite a while in the water. Thor, at times had a mind of his own. He cracked me up and had me working steering him away from seaweeds. At one point he started walking further into the ocean towards the horizon. Of course he did.
One tip: Have ALL OF the bug spray in the world on you. All of it. Because otherwise the mosquitos may come for you, even if you didn’t send for them. Carry the bug spray. They will still come for you, but at least it will be more reasonable.
It was so much fun trotting with and talking to the ponies. Mind you, we definitely had to steer around the other ponies’ poop while frolicking in the ocean, but it was hilarious. We took pictures and had a blast in the turquoise waters. The beach was absolutely beautiful and the water was so clear.
Thor and I had a unique relationship. It was just what you would think it would be riding a 2000-pound horse. Sometimes he listened to me; sometimes, he didn’t. Sometimes he would take unauthorized pit stops and detours for plants or seaweed; sometimes he played it straight. In all honesty, he was in control, and I was just along for the ride. And I can’t even front, for a couple of hours afterwards, I was feeling the effects of that horseback ride. Do you know how wide a 2000-pound horse is? It worked muscles I hadn’t worked in ages, honey.
You can tell that the employees at Provo Ponies really care about the horses. It was a fantastic ride and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the island. And tell Thor I said hi.