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Spain- Beach Riding

Today Fernando of Epona took us to ride through Donana National Park on the Southern Coast of Spain. I have ridden in Donana before, but the park too big to cover in one day.

On my ride with Fernando, we went to a different part of the park. Our entire crew had to ride to film here, as we were riding through an area of high dunes, inaccessible by any vehicles. We rode to a deserted beach. In the distance, I could see resorts and development, but where we were able to ride, there was no development and few other people. We cantered up and down the shore, splashing through water and wading in up past our feet. There is something so thrilling and freeing about smelling the salty air and hearing your horse's hooves pound the sand.

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Darley Newman is the host of the Public Television series Equitrekking®, which takes viewers on horseback riding vacations around the world. Visit and purchase Equitrekking DVDs, the Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback book and more at