Meet our horses

​​At Cabalgatas Canoa, we have a wide range of 16 fit and sure-footed horses. This means there is one to suit every rider.

We like strong and well-bred horses that do not tire on even the longest rides. Not even the rugged terrain of coastal Ecuador bothers our horses!

Are you a beginner who has always wanted to try riding? We will match you with a laid back and relaxed horse who knows exactly what they are doing. For our advanced riders we will give you a responsive horse who is forward going and enjoys their work.

Our horses vary in height from around 14 to 17 hands. We have some gaited horses, which are very comfortable if you suffer from back or knee problems.

We only use high quality equipment so that you and our horses are comfortable and safe.

Our horses are barefoot for their health and to make sure they cope well with the different footing in the jungle and on the beach.

Are you a complete beginner? You might enjoy your horse tour more if you are feeling happy and comfortable in the saddle.  We offer introductory lessons with our British Horse Society trained and qualified staff. We tailor our lessons to help boost confidence and enjoyment. You are taught all of the basics of horse control and communication whilst in the confines of our paddocks.

​We are horse lovers and horses are very important to us. We demonstrate this through the way that we managetrain and ride our horses. If you would like to learn more about our whole horse approach, we are more than happy to show you.

We will always meet your high expectations. Let us show you our beautiful piece of paradise. It’ll take your breath away.

But dont just take our word for it. Read the reviews for yourself:

  • star rating  Thank you so much for choosing Cabalgatas Canoa for your horse riding experience in Canoa. We strive to be the best and it is rewarding when this is recognised! I... read more

    Swelch89
    6/21/2019

    star rating  I went to Ecuador for my honey moon and spent 4 days in Canoa, with Graeme & Zia who run Cabalgatas Canoa. Riding their lovely horses at the beach it's... read more

    Maria Mandita
    7/01/2019

    star rating  I did the whole day trip starting on the beach then heading up into the forest to the brewery and back down to their ranch. Zia and Graeme are fantastic... read more

    Swelch89
    6/01/2019
  • star rating  My friend and I booked this tour at the end of our 2 week holiday in Ecuador. She rode horses all throughout her childhood and I have been on a... read more

    Sonya S
    4/01/2020

    star rating  Horseback riding with Cabalgatas Canoa was an amazing experience. I went with my girlfriend and we chose a full day ride including a visit at the local craft brewery hidden... read more

    Eduardo A
    5/30/2019

    star rating  My friend and I booked this tour at the end of our 2 week holiday in Ecuador. She rode horses all throughout her childhood and I have been on a... read more

    Sonya S
    4/13/2020
  • star rating  Me and my wife visited Zia on our travels through Ecuador.
    Didn't know quite what to expect when booking this for my wife but figured the tour had something for... read more

    Jonboym999
    3/12/2019

    star rating  Zia and Graeme are wonderful folks who care for loads of animals. My boyfriend and I did the whole day trip starting out in the forest, stopped at the... read more

    n00b3r3ll4
    6/19/2019

    star rating  We had a wonderful afternoon on beautiful horses with great company. Thanks for the memories ❤️ will book again next time we're in canoa.

    Gavin W
    1/01/2020
  • star rating  I volunteered for Cabalgatas Canoa for 2 months. Having done numerous trail rides around the world it was lovely to see how much time and effort goes into making sure... read more

    cerim377
    3/12/2019

    star rating  We had an amazing experience with the horses at the beach. A dream came true for me. My 9 year old daughter and my partner, who was sitting on a... read more

    Tanja G
    2/12/2019

    star rating  I went to Ecuador for my honey moon and spent 4 days in Canoa, with Graeme & Zia who run Cabalgatas Canoa. Riding their lovely horses at the beach it's... read more

    Maria M
    7/07/2019
  • star rating  Amazing experience with everyone at Rancho San Antonio. The horses are beautiful and awesome to ride. I did some volunteering work for a month that I would highly recommend if... read more

    Marie D
    11/01/2019

    star rating  Amazing experience with everyone at Rancho San Antonio. The horses are beautiful and awesome to ride. I did some volunteering work for a month that I would highly recommend if... read more

    Marie D
    11/06/2019

    star rating  I did the whole day trip starting on the beach then heading up into the forest to the brewery and back down to their ranch. Zia and Graeme are fantastic... read more

    Swelch89
    6/20/2019
  • star rating  We had a wonderful afternoon on beautiful horses with great company. Thanks for the memories ❤️ will book again next time we're in canoa.

    Gavin W
    1/03/2020

INCLUDED ON ALL OF OUR TOURS:

  • Fit, healthy horse, one per rider!
  • EU standard safety riding helmets available to all of our clients
  • Comfortable and safe, high quality English or American tack
  • Qualified and experienced guide. (Bilingual guide available for additional cost)
  • Photographs and video taken on the tour
  • Returning clients receive a 10% discount on their tour or lessons

 

FOR YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY:

  • Please wear long trousers or jeans and enclosed shoes or boots
  • Bring sunscreen, sun hat and insect repellent

Booking conditions

  • To confirm booking, payment for your horse riding tour must be received in full
  • If you need to cancel or modify your booking, it must be with a minimum of 48 hours notice in order to receive a refund or to reschedule
  • You must be ready 15 minutes before the tour start time. If you arrive late, the tour may depart without you or be cut short, and you may lose your payment
  • Inclement Weather: Canoa has varied weather and we may have to cancel with full refund or to reschedule in case of storms or heavy rains
  • For the welfare of our horses a weight restriction of 100 kg / 220 lbs applies
  • Riders will need to find their way to the ranch, or we can collect you and drop you off for $15 round trip to and from Canoa. (Bahia is additional cost.)