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Kristin Wilson of Orbis Relocation – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
horseback riding on the beach – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou can ride a horse almost anywhere in Nicaragua... there don't seem to be many (or any?) restrictions
 
Purchasing a horse is quite affordable as well.  The last time I bought one was in 2008 when I purchased two horses for $50 but I'm sure the price has gone up since then. They were not in good health but after a couple months on my property they regained health and strength.
 
In Nicaragua it is very easy to take your horse out anywhere and ride on the beach, in fields or down country roads. I have even seen horses on the streets in Managua although this is quite hectic. It's much better to ride out in the open or down the beach at sunrise or sunset! However, overall, riding a horse in Nicaragua is a regular form of transportation just like a car, bus or walking. 
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Hipica, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingHorseback riding is very popular in Nicaragua. We have the hipicas, which is a parade of horses. The main states have a specific date for when they do their Hipica. In Managua, on August 1st every year, the whole city stops and people with 3,000 to 4,000 horses come and parade on the streets of Managua.
 
The same thing is done in other states. We also have it in Granada, Estelí, Diriamba and other places. Each year more people come and join the Hipica. 
 
People come out on the streets waiting for the Hipica to come on their horses. While they are waiting, there is music, food, and drinks so the people spend the whole afternoon or even the whole day out on the streets. You will see lots of very big horses and very expensive ones being paraded during the Hipicas.  
 
(Hipica, Nicaragua, pictured.)
Blue van Doorninck of Rancho Chilamate Horseback Adventures & Guest Ranch – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

San Juan del Sur horseback riding with jungle in the background – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is a lot of opportunity for horseback riding in Nicaragua. The horse culture here is quite strong, from the high-end, Andalusian horses that put on shows, to the campesinos, who utilize a horse to get from one place to another. In Nicaragua, a campesino is a countryman or someone living out in the country who cannot afford a truck or a car, so instead, they use a horse.

The number one place to go horseback riding, according to Trip Advisor is Rancho Chilamate (2 hours away from Managua by car). There are several places you could go to in Nicaragua in order to experience different types of riding. You can also go to Rancho Santana, San Juan del Sur horseback riding on the beach Blue – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingwhich is near Tola (73 miles south of Managua) There are even some long haul trips up north such as the one in Chinandega (1 hour and 45 minutes away from Managua by car). An example of a long haul ride is when you do a two-day adventure (for example) with the locals in the back to deliver local goods. That sort of riding is available here.

The riding experience in Rancho Santana is different than in my place because, we do allow people to ride local horses but in a North American style, whereas a lot of the other places will let you ride Nicaraguan style, with their saddles and other riding gear.


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We regularly ride horses with Janice Gallagher at Ride a Painted Pony Tours.  Janice and her husband and son live on a farm about 20 minutes from Granada and they have over a dozen horses.  The horses are well trained and responsive and they take out riders of all skill levels. Janice even gives riding lessons.    

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