Horse Riding outside El Calafate

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
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Trip End Apr 15, 2010


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Hostel del Glaciar

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Thursday, April 1, 2010


I got up late today.  Even being out late with some of the group, Deb my roommate was awake by 10:30 when I was ready to
leave for horseback riding but she said she would probably not move by the time
I got back.  The horse riding company was called Cabalgata en Patagonia.  They have a sophisticated website with photos and music at http://www.cabalgataenpatagonia.com/

The riding was quite nice....up a hill with a view of mountains in the distance
and Lago Argentino with some pink Chilean flamingos.  I had trouble controlling my
horse so I didnīt get many photos on the move, only when we stopped.  My horse
seemed to be the most temperamental of all the horses.  He kept trying to grab grass to eat along
the way.  From the start he kept rattling the bit in his teeth, trying to rub
his head on other horses or the fence.  He kept bumping into the other horses
and I was afraid he was going to bite them so I tried to keep him away.  A few
times he pawed the dirt, kicking up dust.  I found that I really canīt trot
very well...I felt as if I would fall off.   Luckily my horse didnīt break out
of a walk very often and I was able to stop him pretty much when I wanted to.  I had a few photos taken of me on my horse and he is pawing the ground and I look scared and uncomfortable.  But it was a lot better than the usual horse that I get that doesn't want to move - except to go back to its barn.

The saddles were different.  I saw the backs of the saddles of some of the horses but we sat on bunches of blankets and sheepskins.
The young girl leading us had on riding clothes and a hard derby hat but the man who
accompanied us had on gaucho clothes and a beret type hat that I guess is the
gaucho hat.  While we waited for our transport back to town, we were invited
into their house where we were treated to photo albums of their tourist
excursions and a sliced bread that tasted like donuts as well as mate - the traditional offering to guests.   Our host also showed us a
puma skin in the house and some sort of game of ring on a string that you tried to get over a
peg.  There were ropes and horse equipment all over the house. The sky cleared
and there were some absolutely beautiful scenes i will have to remember because
I didnīt get photos. 

I had pizza on the way back to the hostel after getting dropped off at the end of town.  For dinner Mitch and I went for sushi and then were joined by more of the others.  I packed up and showered - ready for another early start tomorrow am.
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