Aruba’s Storied Connection with Horses
Aruba’s horse riding culture is an integral thread in the island’s historical fabric and traditions. Horses were first introduced here by the Spanish in the early 1500s, and Aruba was even once a trading post for horses. A descendant of the horses originally introduced to Aruba all those years ago is the Paso Fino. Paso Fino, meaning “fine step,” refers to the smooth gait of this breed that is popular in Aruba and throughout the Caribbean and parts of Latin America.
Aruba has a strong community of Paso Fino riders, with the love and connection to these horses passed down from generation to generation, with quite a few ranches dotting the island. The agile and light-footed gait of the Paso Fino allows for a smooth and comfortable ride through the rocky and cactus-strewn desert terrain of the island, making this an ideal companion for exploring Aruba’s countryside.
The best times for horse and rider to hit the trails are early morning and close to sunset, when temps are cooler and more pleasant for both. And there’s nothing like a refreshing Magic Mango to enjoy at the end of the ride. Cheers to island life and MAGICal moments!