Sean and Mittie | Horseback Riding in Trinidad, Cuba 1

Horseback Riding in Trinidad, Cuba

Horseback Riding in Trinidad

After a delicious breakfast just like the one we were greeted upon our arrival in Trinidad with, we went to meet Kyky to go horseback riding for the day. The horses were healthy, well-fed animals, unlike many of the others we saw struggling under tourist’s weight. One, in fact, fell over from malnutrition with a rider on its back.

Luckily, our horses were well taken care of. My horse was named Mulatta and she loved to gallop. Since I do too, we had a blast. We rode to a small restaurant on a farm in the country where everything on our plates was grown or raised there.

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We met some interesting people, including a man in his seventies named Jose who’d taught himself the “tres” (a type of guitar with three strings) and played for us. We ate delicious red beans, rice, salad, veggies, chicken and fried plantains.

Next, we went to a natural crystalline pool beneath a waterfall to cool off. The water was so clear and tranquil that my reflection was solid on the surface. We swam for a bit, relaxing before the ride back. We ultimately returned home sunburnt and sore, but having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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After getting cleaned up again, we met up with Kyky to make a date with a Santero. Kyky believed strongly in the power of Santeria. They have as many saints as Catholocism, so that’s what I planned to do – I planned to find out my saint. He said the traditions come from the Congo, but it sure reminded me of my experiences studying the shamans of Ghana’s coast – particularly the spitting of firewater on their shrines.

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The Santero, Victor, talked our ear off when we got there. We explained that we wanted to learn about his practices the way an anthropologist learns about a culture. While he was open to it, I’m sure it was a strange request and warranted further investigation on his part. We clearly weren’t his typical clients. Not that he was interested in money per se, but rather our intentions and what we planned to do with the information which he claimed could hurt people. He seemed like a genuine person and we expressed interest in the secrets his snail shells and coconut husks would reveal to us.

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Our dinner was perhaps the best of the trip: steamed lobster in a butter garlic sauce, served with red beans, rice, salad and a small plate of chopped fruit for dessert. Maytee’s housecat mewed through the whole meal, sure of what she was missing.

Mittie.Roger
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Mittie Roger has been blogging for 5 years; her blog focuses on off the beaten path travel in the Americas. Both a blogger and a social media consultant, Mittie works with writers, brands, and artists of many mediums. Her first book of short stories, Aurora, was published in December of 2013 after its title story, “Aurora”, received second place in the 2012 Richard Bausch contest. Her fiction has also appeared in Our Stories and Monkey Puzzle Literary Magazine and her non-fiction has appeared in Land Rover Magazine, Land Rover Monthly and Fuse. Her most recent publication, These Boots Are Made for Walking: Travel Journal and Workbook, uses creative prompts to get you thinking differently, traveling more and experiencing life.

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  • Nancy D. Brown
    Posted at 20:37h, 06 June

    Hello Mittie,
    I’m so glad to hear that the horses you rode in Cuba were well cared for. As I am an equestrian from the United States, I sometimes forget that not everyone cares for their animals in the same way we do. That’s not to say that there are not bad animal owners in the United States – there are plenty of animals that suffer from malnutrition in the United States, too.

    As I have never ridden in Cuba, I welcome a guest post on my blog, http://www.writinghorseback.com. Happy to send you the guest post guidelines if you are interested. Nancy D. Brown

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