You visit Tagaytay City primarily for the great view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake, the delicious bulalo, the cool weather and a host of other reasons, probably least of which is horseback riding. But should you — particularly the kids — look forward horseback riding, it’s just within a short distance from the other attractions and other must-see in Tagaytay City.
For this weekend’s Tagaytay getaway, we were supposed to try the zipline at Tagaytay Ridge, not just the zipline family cable car. On the way to Tagaytay, along the South Luzon Expressway (SLE), came something out of the blue — “Let’s try horseback riding,” our son said.
Location and directions. There’s a horseback riding area at the Picnic Grove, where the zipline is also found. Upon hitting the dead end at the Tagaytay Ridge from Sta. Rosa, you take the left turn towards the Picnic Grove, and the right turn towards the Mushroomburger and the cluster of restaurants after the rotunda. Just head towards the direction of Cliffhouse or the Bag of Beans.
We would have opted for a one-stop trip, but at least two reasons made us choose the other horseback riding site near the Mushroomburger. One, there’s a lot of people at the Picnic Park, and, two, the mushroom burger.
Fees. Horseback riding is P250 and P200 for the smaller horses (P20 for the parking, but at least it’s not difficult to look for a parking slot unlike in Picnic Grove). The rate is per head, per hour, so that’s P500 for a full hour if there are two kids.
Tips and reminders. Because an hour under the scorching sun is too long, we negotiated for P250 for two persons, but only 30 minutes. We didn’t even consume the 30 minutes.
The sunlight could be intense and you may consider protective clothing. Bring an extra shirt because kids will sweat a lot. Bursts of wind picks up fine dust on parched path frequented by horses — stay near the souvenir in the middle of the venue. The smell of horse urine is a bit strong — remind your little not to act sosyal by covering his/her nose.
There are alternative rides for the kids, like bicycles and sidecars. There’s also a carabao cart.
Most importantly, bring your sense of fun. Leave your nitpicking alter ego at home. You can find many things wrong at the horseback riding site or practically everywhere else. Stop whining and have some fun. At least that’s what we tell our son. Enjoy!