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Published on March 15, 2018 by Terry Whyte

Is Horseback riding on the beach on your bucket list? If so, you can check it off your list during your stay with us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals - 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. If it’s not on your bucket list maybe after you read the following you might want to reconsider.

Palma Sola Bay, on Manatee Avenue, is one of the few places in Florida where you can legally ride your horse on a beach. The calm waters and flat sandy bottom of Palma Sola Bay make it possible to ride on a horse that is swimming. Experience is much more than a beach ride. It is a remarkable interaction with highly trained animals and their trainers. You will take memories home of an authentic Old Florida experience. Each experience is unique, It can be romantic, educational, exciting or a memorable family event.
Horseback riding on the beach is fun for the whole family. Such an awesome experience taking the horses fully in the water for a refreshing swim. For those more daring try the unique experience of HorseSurfing, standing up on the horse while in the water. Either way imagine feeling the warm sea breeze from the back of your horse. And, keep your eyes open for manatees, stingrays and dolphins to swim by.
Some questions you might want to ask before you book your Beach Horseback Ride:
     1. Is riding experience required
     2. Is there an Age or Weight Restriction
     3. Are double riders allowed
     4.  Items you need to bring for your ride
     5. What happens in inclement weather
     6. If having photos taken on your camera is important to you, make sure it is allowed, because some places do not permit it.
Below are two BeachHorse companies we recommend ...
Specializing in immersing in the water with your horse, has trademarked the term horsesurfing to describe what they do. This includes riding horses while they swim off the beach in the gentle Gulf waters and for the most adventurous, swimming behind their horse while holding its tail or standing up on the horse in the water. 45 to 60 minute experience rides take place at Palma Sola Bay Park, 8400 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton. This is a small park with a modest beach next to a causeway.

Additional information is available on their website

C Ponies Beach Horses 8410 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL  941-773-5196

C Ponies Beach Horses might the one to call if you want more than a ride, if you’re seeking an aquatic adventure. C Ponies uses a breed of horse called a Drum Horse (related to the Gypsy horse) because it was originally bred to carry kettle drums during processions. Horses that can do that are clearly not easily spooked. This “bucket list” experience involves riding the horse out into the Bay with a mounted guide. They will cater your ride to fit your equestrian skills offering the perfect ride just for you. Every rider is provided with a saddle, helmet and life jacket if needed.
Visit their website at
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*Please note Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from any and are listing them only to aid our guests. We only recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be in good hands.

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Meet The Author
Hi, I am Terry, my wife Sandy (who writes our blogs) are the caring, hands on owners and managers of Anna Maria Condo Rentals. We’ve been here for years, so we know Anna Maria Island, the island’s condos, and our island’s guests. We understand you – what you need, what you want, and what you’d really like to have. With us, every stay balances the rigorous requirements of professional managers with the enthusiasm, pride and personal touches of an owner-managed rental. That means that with us, you enjoy the dual benefits of an in-the-know local combined with the professionalism and expertise of a serious company. Come on down and experience the difference for yourself. Our family fell in love with Anna Maria Island the first time we visited in 1989. Every summer since, we’ve spent our vacations on this island, and in 1995, we bought our first condo here. Having a young family at the time meant we had to rent our condo to offset ownership costs. Thankfully, by offering luxurious accommodations at an affordable price, we were able to keep the condo booked for an average of 50 weeks a year. These steady bookings allowed us to purchase our second condo in 2013, and a third in 2014. While opening up these homes has allowed us to keep returning to the island—and even better, to a house that feels like home—we also truly enjoy offering a place to guests to discover Anna Maria Island and feel at home here, too.
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