Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
20Trip End Nov 23, 2011
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Happy Horse Ranch
For the first 20 minutes (of our two hour ride) all was well, beautiful rural countryside with not a building in sight in any direction, nor a road, or indeed any man made structure
We eventually came to a reasonably straight and flat section and I (Sam) knew what was coming next. No sooner had our guide said the word ‘trot’and L.A was off! Any illusions I had about him having a comfortable, gentle trot vanished instantly. Anna looked all graceful in her saddle, whilst I was stuck on the back of this thing being bounced all over the place like a small child on a bouncy castle with a bunch of fat kids. Holding on became about all I could hope for. Luckily the crazy horse couldn’t get past Baloo as it was a single file track. We slowed to a walk and I began to appreciate our incredible surroundings again. We went past several houses (shacks really) which contained any number of small children who would rush out to meet us shouting ‘Hello! Hello! Hello!” like it was the best part of their day. These pleasant moments were regularly inturrupted by a spell of trotting.
After some time of trying to get to grips with a horse I am sure is the Cambodian descendant of See The Stars I remembered something Anna had once said to me – ‘Cantering is so much easier and smoother than a rising trot.’ Why not I thought, in for a penny, in for a pound! So I suggested to the guide that we try cantering instead. It came as no surprise that L.A needed no encouragement. Within three strides I was right on Anna’s tail and as her horse took one step to the left, L.A saw his chance and took it
There were many Water Buffalo out and about on the roads, which we were unfazed by until our guide informed us that her horse had had a nasty incident with one that resulted in it (and the rest of the group she had been with) bolting to safety. Everytime we came across one, our other guide (who was bringing up the rear – ‘Dee’the Khmer guy in the video) had to lead the way. A couple of times we had to change the route completely to avoid them.
This revelation prevented us from relaxing at any point on the ride, for fear of our horses getting the heebie jeebies and running home – with or without us!
After a two hour hack we made it back to the ranch in one piece, and it was at this point that our lack of breakfast that morning became relevant
The next day, Anna woke up feeling much better apart from a nasty pulled muscle in her back. We decided that maybe a massage was in order. We booked in for two massages (gentle one for Anna, deep tissue one for Sam) at a place that had received really good reviews on trip advisor.
We arrived and were given a strange drink that changed colour and taste completely when you squeezed lime juice into it and were treated to a free foot spa
At the end of the treatment I looked over at Anna and could see that she had gone through a similar experience. Don’t get us wrong, the place was amazing and I think the massage itself was of a very high standard, but Oh my! I don’t think our muscles would recover if we were to return any time soon!
We are still catching up with blog entries – we went on a ‘small tour’ of Angkor Wat today and are gearing up for the ‘grand’tour tomorrow. Blog to follow!
We’re both enjoying Cambodia so far and there is a different feel to it than Thailand (definitely in a good way). The flooding seems to have actually changed our plans for the better and we are looking forward to the next bit of our trip on Wednesday.
Lots of love to everyone,