You can do just that right here in Bradenton just off the Palma Sola Causeway on Manatee Avenue. There is a company called “C Ponies” that offers beach horseback riding daily in Bradenton and St. Petersburg FL areas.
We were told by one of the owners that you don’t need any experience at all to ride. All you need is to be able to follow rules and stay calm to ride your own horse. Children under 10 are not permitted to ride unless they have horse experience. For the safety of the horses the water temperature must be at least 70 degrees to ride. The cost to ride the horses varied from $135-$150 per hour.
The Gypsy Vanner and Drum horses are domestic horses from the British Isles and are a combination of the Clydesdale and Shire breeds. The Drum horse is an important member of the Queen of England’s Band of the Life guards. These history of these horses is that the Drum horse would carry 2 large silver kettle drums, plus a fully outfitted rider, through crowds of thousands during the Queen’s processions! The Gypsy Vanner is known for pulling caravans and wagons back in the 1850’s for the British and Irish people. So basically both horses are used to pulling or riding persons up to 300lbs.!