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“Great ride with Melissa”

Cieneguilla Stables
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great ride with Melissa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

This review is late in being posted, but better late than never. We rode with Melissa last August 2012. It was our first trip to New Mexico. My husband and I just loved the ride. He is the experienced rider, I'm novice, but didn't matter, Melissa makes you feel so relaxed and comfortable. She rescues horses and its obvious how much she loves them and how well she takes care of them. I would even call her 'the horse whisperer'.....She just has this great connection with all her horses. While on the ride, tells you all kinds of interesting things about the area you ride in, geology ,etc. She has two dogs, that run along with you on the ride. My husband was thrilled, he felt like he was in a John Wayne movie. We highly recommend riding with Melissa at Cieneguilla Stables, it was a wonderful ride and we have great memories. Thank you Melissa!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Sylvia B
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
“Perfect vacation excursion!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

My daughters (14 & 19) and I had a wonderful time on the trail with Melissa. She was so knowledgeable and obviously has a passion for her horses and other rescued animals. It was refreshing to meet someone so in tune with nature and "unplugged", The beautiful vistas and scenery along the trail was breathtaking. We would absolutely go back again! This was one of the highlights of our entire trip.

Beth R
Charlotte, NC

Visited July 2013
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Kirkland, Washington
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“mellissa "iron maiden" heyma rocks!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

That gal is hands down the best horseback guide in New Mexico. I went up there bout 15 years ago and have been goin back every since. Not only is she very knowledgable about wildlife,plants,rock formations,horses(which gotta be the happiest horses on this planet), she has an incredible nack for relating to every age group and making folks feel safe. The scenery is spectacular. Dont waste anymore time,get ur arss in the saddle.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank porter b
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great family outing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

We had a great time, riding with two kids (9 and 6) and two parents. Melissa was a great guide, great with the horses and the girls; gave us a guided tour of her impressive geologic collection and of the hundred (or more ?) hummingbirds that were feeding in her yard as the horses were readied. Beautiful scenery and horses, and a real pleasure.

Visited July 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very knowledgeable guide and friendly horses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

The guide, Melissa, obviously has tremendous care for her horses and has rescued many abandoned horses from near death. That may be the skinny horse the other reviewer saw - she was probably rescuing it (she also has retired horses that are out to pasture). My mom knows horses and says they all looked very healthy and she had obvious love for them. The horses were very gentle and friendly and she has sweet dogs (they bark at first but are very friendly) that run along side you. The views were beautiful and Melissa has a lot of knowledge about the geology and the history of the area. She was kind enough to line the horses up and take photos in the most scenic points of the trail. We had a really fun time and would definitely go back! One word of caution - if you don't have a four-wheel drive, park by the road and walk into the stables. Bring sunscreen, a hat, water and a small camera. On your way home she'll fill your water up for you. Great place!

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Lauren A
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