Ranxo ses Roques: horse riding in Majorca (I loved it!)

2015-10-04T23:17:42+00:006 June 2013|Animals, Europe with kids, Mallorca|

By Catarina Redisch in Port d’Alcúdia

horse riding Majorca

 

I’ll admit it right away: whenever we’re travelling (and we travel lots), I’m not entirely happy unless I can ride, at least once. You see, riding is my life. I love horses more than anything in the world.

So when mum said we were going on a blog trip to Majorca, I of course immediately asked if we could ride. “We’ll see,” mum said. Hm…

As it turned out, Michael from No Frills met us at the airport in Palma. And Henry was waiting in the car. Henry is a soft, fluffy elephant, and very nice, but I’ve mostly outgrown soft animals. I’m 11, after all. I’m sure if I had been younger, I would have dragged Henry along with me into Palma Aquarium and everywhere else, so it’s a very nice idea. Henry even has his own Facebook page!

But I liked Michael even more. Because, you see, he said riding wouldn’t be a problem at all – in fact, when we next saw him, he had organised it already. I was to ride at Ranxo ses Roques, a stable in Port d’Alcúdia, not far from our hotel.

I enjoyed just about everything about our short trip (too short) in Majorca, the adorable kid goats at our hotel, eating bunyols in the market in Inca, cooking in the countryside,… but riding was of course best of all.

Cat and Kansas

The lady from Ranxo ses Roques picked us up from our hotel and took mum and me to the stables. She is English and has lived in Majorca for years. She asked if I had ridden before. I said yes, of course. So she gave me a horse named Kansas – a lovely white and brown mare with blue eyes! That’s quite unusual for a horse.

Most of the saddles here are Western. I have never ridden with a Western saddle before, so I asked if I could have an ordinary saddle instead, since it was my first time here and all. That was fine. Next time, I think I might try a Western saddle…, well, maybe. Mum says it’s like sitting in a sofa.

I was to ride around a mountain with five other people, plus a guide in front of the group and one behind. After a few minutes, David, the guide at the back, rode up alongside me and asked if I had ever galloped. I had, of course! So had a lady behind me. David led the two of us out of the group and along a narrow path that took us to a wide gravel road.

Then he suddenly said “OK, gallop!” I kicked on carefully and expected a canter like the ones we do at riding lessons. But no! Kansas raced forward at full speed. I nearly slid off, but I managed to straighten up in time. It’s the fastest I’ve ever ridden and I loved it! I loved feeling the wind on my face.

After a while we slowed down to a trot and kept at that for a while, until David once again said “gallop!” Isn’t that just the best word ever? GALLOP! This time I felt Kansas get ready with every muscle in her body, and I was prepared.

Kansas runs incredibly fast and I had to slow her down as she was about to ride past David. Finally, we slowed down to a trot, then to a walk and after a little while we met up with the rest of the group who had taken it easy. Back at the ranch, I dismounted and helped feed Kansas. Such a good girl!

Other animals at Ranxo ses Roques

Of course I didn’t want to leave. But we had to. Lots to do on a blog trip, apparently. Lots to do for mum, not for me, luckily. All I had to do was write about riding. That’s not as fun as riding, of course. But it’s the best thing to write about.

Before we left Ranxo ses Roques, we had a look at the other animals on the ranch. There’s a small farm as well as the stables, with piglets, cattle, donkeys, rabbits, turkeys, peacocks and an enclosure with goat kids that you can pet (and you already know I love goat kids).

But the most gorgeous here is Utrero, an Andalucian stallion. He’s the retired farm stud, and as sure of himself as any horse I’ve ever seen. Utrero is beautiful and he knows it. Just look at him!

Gorgeous, and knows it.

Practicals:

  • Ranxo ses Roques is located in Port d’Alcúdia. If you’re staying in a hotel a bit out of the way, they will come and pick you up.
  • My awesome horse ride was organised through No Frills Excursions.
  • Horse riding excursions cost EUR 20 for one hour, or EUR 37 for two hours.

Disclosure: In Majorca, mum and I were guests of Viva Hotels and No Frills Excursions. As always, we’re totally free to write about anything we want.

For more travel photo fun, step over to Travel Photo Thursday.

About the Author:

The youngest kid in ‘travel with kids’, loves horses above all else.

20 Comments

  1. Muza-chan 6 June 2013 at 0927 - Reply

    Cute pictures… )

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 June 2013 at 1042 - Reply

      Thanks, Muza-chan 🙂

  2. denise 6 June 2013 at 1049 - Reply

    I would LOVE to ride while travel! But…my partner doesn’t like horses 🙁

  3. Excellent writing, Catarina. I’ve never galloped and would probably scream out like crazy if my horse took off. I think it’s wonderful that you are able to incorporate riding into your trip. I bet it’s fun to do your regular activities in a new place.

  4. Leigh 6 June 2013 at 2048 - Reply

    Just think – if your Mom wasn’t a blogger you wouldn’t get so many cool activities like this. I have always been too scared to gallop and admire your courage to do that.
    You’ve done a great job on this post. Keep up the good work.

  5. Andrea 6 June 2013 at 2346 - Reply

    I’ve only done horseback riding once for about 10 minutes – would love to try again!

  6. budget jan 7 June 2013 at 0230 - Reply

    Hi Catarina, I loved this post. I was in love with horses when I was a teenager as well. Kansas is a lovely looking horse and her eyes are strange! I am glad you managed to straighten up and not fall when galloping. Utrero is proud but I sense he would like cuddles and attention as well.

  7. [email protected] 7 June 2013 at 0356 - Reply

    Hi Catarina, oh how fun! Thanks for taking me on a fun ride with you and Kansas. I really felt I was galloping with you. Yes, GALLOP is the best word ever now that you mentioned about it. Nice writing. Looking forward to more galloping with you somewhere:)

  8. Salika Jay 7 June 2013 at 1044 - Reply

    Beautiful writing Catarina, just like mum 🙂 I must say, although I don’t get to ride much, I love riding as well because horse is my favorite animal. Hope you had a good time.

  9. I’ve never been horse riding but my teens have and they loved the experience. I have always imagined that it would be fun to explore an area on horseback.

  10. Lisa Goodmurphy 7 June 2013 at 1612 - Reply

    Loved your post, Catarina! I have only been horseback riding once and I was a little bit terrified the entire time! You make it sound like so much fun though that I think I might just try it again!

  11. eileen at FamiliesGo! 7 June 2013 at 1630 - Reply

    beautiful horses. What a fun experience.

  12. Marcia 7 June 2013 at 1939 - Reply

    Great writeup, Catarina. Since you love riding so much, are you interested in competing?
    That is a beautiful Andalucian!

  13. Such a great post, Catarina! It looks like you have lots of traveling and blogging in your future. Keep up the good work, and never lose your passion for riding!

  14. EverywhereAmy 8 June 2013 at 0145 - Reply

    SUCH a great post! It looks like fun, and you did a great job writing it up. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Great post!!! A little travel blogger in the making!

    Sorry I am just now making it over from Friday Daydreamin! Busy 2 weeks!! Thanks for linking up – hope you do again tomorrow!

  16. Andrea 15 June 2013 at 2300 - Reply

    What beautiful animals!

  17. Andrew Graeme Gould 16 June 2013 at 1859 - Reply

    A very interesting post, Catarina. Happy riding to you!!!

  18. ranxo ses roques 17 June 2013 at 1814 - Reply

    thank you very much for coming to the ranch, and for all your lovely comments, we are so glad that you enjoyed yourself on our 1 hour trip around the bottom of the mountain, maybe next time you could go for 2 hours up the mountain and back down.
    keep up the riding and you never know in years to come you can come and work here in the ranch.
    best wishes,
    sally.

  19. stacey Rider 19 June 2013 at 0029 - Reply

    Hi Caterina, Now I know those aren’t official riding boots. 😉

    It’s nice to hear a young girl taking the courage to gallop. You will like the western saddles when you try them I’m sure. xx

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