Heading out on a horseback riding vacation on Piiholo Ranch in Maui, Hawaii
Morning trail ride on Piiholo Ranch
This particular horseback riding vacation I was surrounded by New Yorkers new to horseback riding. Our guide, Marlene, had grown up with horses and knew the trails and the horses well. “Hold your reins like an ice cream cone,” instructed Marlene. “Remember to release the pressure on your reins to reward your horse when you have asked him to stop,” she said with a smile.
Piiholo Ranch provided scenic Hawaiian horseback riding vacation
Paniolos matched horses with riders, and then we were on to the open range on the historic, 800 acre, working cattle ranch. The well behaved horses meandered through Eucalyptus groves, Koa, and Ohi`a trees, and green Kikuyu and Pangola pastures. Our trail ride offered 360 degree views from high up on Haleakala Crater to the Pacific Ocean 2,000 feet below. We rode amongst native plants and indigenous trees of Hawaii, tasting fruit along the way, and we caught glimpses of wild pigs and baby calves, too.