Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Horseback riding on the beach

Here’s something to put on your bucket list: Horseback riding on the beach.  You know what a bucket list is – things to do before you kick the bucket.   A horseback ride on the beach is an experience you will always remember.  The only place you can do it on the Treasure Coast is at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce.  In fact, that’s one of the few places in all of Florida where you can do it.   If you own your own horse, you can buy a permit from the St. Lucie County government.  If, like me, you don’t own a horse, you can sign up with an outfit called Tours on Horseback of Fort Pierce.  Tours on Horseback offers five tours every Saturday and Sunday.  The horses walk at a leisurely pace and occasionally trot.  Out in the ocean, you may see manatees and dolphins – maybe even a shark.  The ride is about one hour, and you go about three miles.  The cost is $40 per person.  Riders must be 10 or older.  The weight limit is 235 pounds.  No riding double.  Bermuda shorts and tennis shoes are acceptable, but not sandals.  For more information and to make a reservation, go to beachtoursonhorseback.com. That’s beachtoursonhorseback.com.   If you don’t do much  riding, you may experience some soreness.  But it’s worth it!  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul   Janensch