Anyone who knows me knows that I’m
low-key obsessed with Mary-Kate and Ashley. Those girls taught me how to make the perfect pizza at my sleepovers, how to sell my brother for just 50 cents and that a pool party is a cool party. They also planted the idea in my head that riding a horse on the beach is a must-have experience (flashback to Holiday in the Sun and the real reason I have animosity toward Megan Fox #dontmesswithmygirls).
My obsession and need to ride a horse on the beach has been building for years, and sadly I almost missed my chance to do it. Twice I had tried to do this excursion while working on the cruise, and one time, my friend, Lauren, and I forgot to bring closed-toe shoes. The second time, it was sold out. If I hadn’t been asked to extend my contract an extra month, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make my childhood dream come true, so I’m definitely #grateful.
I’ve already told y’all about my love of Half Moon Cay, and now I have even more reason to love this beautiful private island owned by Carnival. If you ever find yourself in HMC, promise me you’ll take the opportunity to ride horses on the beach. The excursion only takes about an hour and a half, so you’ll still have plenty of time to sunbathe, get some dranks, indulge in some delicious Bahamian BBQ, do some dancing on the beach and just relax.
There are two parts to the excursion I did – one on land and one in the ocean. For some reason, for the first part of the excursion, I was first in line behind the instructor. Please note that I’ve never actually ridden a horse before, so if something went amok, I would have no idea what to do. My first horse was named General, and that little effer tried to bite me. TWICE! I set him straight though (and by “set him straight” I mean I squealed and moved my foot away). I think this attempted love nibble bonded us though because we had an amazing ride together, and my heart even fluttered a few times (mostly because I was high up off the ground, and we’ve all seen that episode of Full House where Michelle falls off of a horse and loses her memory, right? Obviously I’m trying to see how many Mary-Kate and Ashley references I can make in one blog post before it becomes obnoxious.
Oh. It’s already obnoxious? Okay then…)
Our guide took us around parts of the island that I had never been to before, including the highest point of the island, which actually isn’t that high. We got a nice view of the ship, and then I almost lost my ish when trying to go down the hill. No big deal though, guys. I forgot to tell you that I’m actually a badass.
Once we went around the island, we hopped off of our horses and got fitted with another one to go in the water. My second horse’s name was Pride, and that poor baby got put to work. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for those horses to carry us through the water, but he made it seem effortless.
Honestly, this is one of the best experiences I got to have while living on the Elation, and I 100% would do it again, but maybe on a different horse that doesn’t try to bite me.
Have you ever been horseback riding?