Hacienda Mérida is an accessible hotel.
We have made the commitment and investment to allow everyone to enjoy the beauties of Ometepe and to participate in our mission for sustainable and responsible living. The restaurant/sitting area has ramped access as do the rooms on the second floor (even if you are not staying up here, the view of the lake is beautiful and it's a great place to read). For the day visitor or dorm user, there is a communal bathroom, shower, and sink designed for easy wheelchair use.
Rule no.1: Remember that this horse has literally been dragged away from its breakfast. This is not an easy task, so if you ask for a horse you are obliged to pay for at least two hours.
Rule no.2: The cost is $5.50 per hour. This is non-negotiable, even if the horse doesn't live up to Prince William's standards. These are real Nicaraguan working horses, the genuine article, rough cut.
Don't be deterred by their decidedly skinny appearance, because beneath the scrawny demeanour lies a powerhouse ready to be unleashed.
The reins should be held in one hand only, leaving the other free to hog-tie a bull (or to prod the horse).
Try to get into the natural rhythm of the horse by moving in the saddle, as opposed to lurching along with all the grace of a drunk.
Be careful of thorny branches that may stand in your way. Your horse will plow through, oblivious to the yelps and squeals of its rider.
Be aware that the horse is a sensitive creature. Pulling on the reins harder than you would pull your own hair is too much. If you pull too hard the bit in the horses' mouth will hurt the horse, and the horse will back up and potentially throw you off. Whatever happens, you'll have a great time. Just think of John Wayne.
Try not to go in groups of different abilities, as the same pace can be frustrating for more advanced riders and scary for a beginner.
The horses suit all abilities and sizes.
Expect to get off the horse with a sore ass!
Information courtesy of: Will, James, Rhian and Heulwen.