Costa Rica • The Painted Pony Guest Ranch

Ride the best ranches, old Spanish trails, mountain trails, and sandy beaches of Costa Rica! Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the relaxed environment of the 50 acre family-owned ranch—an oasis of giant tropical trees and lush pastures. Wake to monkeys calling from the trees and horses nickering in the pastures. This is not a "nose-to-tail" operation; the horses are born and trained on the ranch with Natural Horsemanship methods. Whether you want to do a 2 hour or 14 day adventure, your expert bi-lingual guides will tailor your Riding Package to suit your wants and needs. 


The Painted Pony Guest Ranch at Casagua Horses is located just minutes from Costa Rica's famous Pacific Gold Coast beaches (Tamarindo, Flamingo and Playa Grande) in the heart of Guanacaste's famous ranch country. Ride a variety of terrains with beautiful tropical flora and fauna.

Trail Rides

There's plenty to see and do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. You can book anything from a 2 hour ride to a multi-day travel package. All rides are private or small groups, and you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Day Tours (2 hours to half+ days): Natural History Tour, Taste of Guanacaste Tour, Fiestas and Traditional Topes Tour, Old Tempate Trail Tour, Forest to the Sea Tour, Monteverde Ride, Honeymoon Ride, Beach Rides, and Moonlight Ride.

Ranches, Beaches, and Mountains (7-10+ nights): experience Costa Ricas ranches, beaches and mountain volcanoes on horseback. Customize your Riding Package for your level and interests.

A taste of Guanacaste Adventure (5-7 nights): enjoy a combination of trail riding riding and popular adventure tours, such as canopy, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.

Old Spanish Trails and Pacific Beaches (6 nights): new, exciting beach rides and adventures through the Costa Rica countryside.

Silver Saddle (5-7 nights): For anyone over the age of 50 who wants to do small, individually designed tours on comfortable well-trained horses. Tours are limited to 2-6 riders with a flexible itinerary to match your riding level.


The owners of Casagua Horses are your guides: Kay and Esteban have been providing quality horseback riding tours for over 20 years, as well as breeding and training the wonderful Spanish criollo horses using Natural Horsemanship Training. Kay is a wildlife artist with a Ph.D. in Biology and Ecology originally from Michigan. Esteban, her husband, is a Zotecnista ( farm vet) born and raised in Guanacaste. They are bilingual professional guides as well as Natural Horsemanship trainers. 


The Painted Pony Guest Ranch is known for its high quality, well trained horses. Most horses were born on the ranch and all were trained with Natural Horsemanship. They are comfortable, well-trained Spanish mixed horses that can be matched to your riding level. 

Additional Activities

There are so many activities offered in the area—beach and water activities, golf, sport fishing, zip lining, bird watching, and many more. The Ranch offers personalized riding lessons and tours to local fiestas, horse events, and extensions to travel destinations (Arenal Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Tamarindo Beach, Playa Grande, Monkey Park and others). If you time your trip right, you can even ride with the bulls! 

Natural Horsemanship Riding and Training (3-7 nights): experience natural horsemanship training and riding—from ground work to centered riding with young horses and high stepping Spanish breeds. Learn about imprinting foals and non-violent training.

Ride and Relax Packages (add-on): add Spa and Yoga days to your horse vacation.

City tour (add-on): Full Day Guided Tour to Granada Nicaragua for markets, city tour and island boat trip.


Stay in a suite or house with comfortable, air conditioned accommodations. Relax in the splash pool and stay connected with free high speed internet and WiFi. Select from a variety of meal plans or cook "at home." Stables for horses and private parking available. 

Casita Mandrina: a private suite with a queen bed, queen futon, kitchenette, romantic star shower, and a DVD player. Sleeps 1-4. Full ranch breakfast included, other meals by arrangement.

Casa Roble: a spacious, fully furnished, one bedroom ranch house with a queen and single bed in the bedroom and sofa bed in the living room. Cable TV and Internet. Sleeps 1-4.


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