We were supposed to be going to see a cave today but we decided that we had seen enough of those in Guatemala so opted for some horse riding instead. It was Ian's first time so he was a bit anxious about how he would find it but we had a great day ...even though I know we are going to be sore tomorrow!!
All the horses in Cuba seem to be really small, which is fine for me (although I was of course given the smallest of the small), but it did cross my mind that Ian's feet might touch the ground! Ian was given the horse (and there is always one of these in the group) that wouldn't move faster than a plod no matter what, and wants to eat something every 3 feet...Dad I think that's the horse you always get too right? ;o) Because they knew I could ride they gave me the little one with a serious amount of oomph. He got extremely upset when he found himself at the back of the group and was really hard to slow down once he was in a canter, which didn't take much coaxing to get going!
Halfway through our ride we stopped at a farm where we were given another of the grapefruit drinks. This time though it was all put into a glass for us, so we were not covered in juice by the end of it. Though they did squeeze the sugarcane there and then for us, which was quite cool to see. We rode for about 3 hours altogether and we all felt a little sore by the time we got off. The saddles over here make the ones you get in the UK seem like a bean bag of comfort. It was a great day though and I think I may convince Ian to give it another go back in the UK on a horse that is more his size and one that will actually move! He enjoyed it but was a bit disappointed that not even our guide and the extra assistance of a whip could get his horse to trot!
After the ride we went for lunch with two Dutch girls that we had met. It was here that I discovered that Cuban Coke (Tukola), has a horrific amount of caffeine in it. I could hardly hold my pen to write my diary in the afternoon because I was shaking so much!
Time to do some stretches to try and stop the post horse ride pain!