Rancho El Diferente
Rancho El Diferente
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
We are a family horse lovers, eager to provide excellent service to make you feel that this the perfect place for a perfect day across our great activities. The Tourist Center Rancho El Diferente, aims to provide excellent customer service, by which your can feel satisfied and place us as the first choice when choosing a holiday club. This desire to give our best, we have turned into the No. 1 choice in the preference of those who already know us and those still seeking the perfect place for your holiday activities. Other features over 200 beautiful horses for riding activities, but above all we have a highly trained staff to assist you and make you spend an unforgettable moment.
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L V
Mid-Western Region, Nepal8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We booked a private ride through Diego, a ranch rep for El Different on site at the hotel and on the morning of the ride, we found we were booked with another couple. OK, not a big deal because we did not have to pay more for the private. However, I was horrified to see that every single horse had fleshy bleeding, open wounds from the tack that they wore (bleeding girth sores and scars from old girth sores). I explained to the staff that the horses were not in riding condition due to the wounds and they said that only that one particular horse had a wound and it was because another horse bit it. It does not take a horse owner to know better. The other couple saw the wounds as well and immediately became concerned. And it should make no difference how the wound came about, the matter was the mere fact that the horses had multiple wounds. I showed all of the wounds on every horse to the other couple as well as the ranch hands and the ranch hand said no problem and proceeded bring a horse over to me to get on. I continued to explain to them that they can’t expect the guests to ride horses that are in that condition and demanded we get our money back. They continued to ignore the concern and asked me how would even know if never worked on a ranch. It was clear they were not going to cooperate. I asked that they call Diego and they said we would have to wait to see him walking the hotel grounds and talk to him. He would not call. I deeply regret not taking pictures to be able to post. Big oversight on my part because I know if people saw what I saw, they would not support this excursion.

The horses were extremely thin, not just ribs showing, but hip points protruding. Being a horse owner, I understand different breeds and physical characteristics. Some are thinner than others, but any horse with protruding bones is not a healthy, well cared for animal. It does not matter what the breed or what country that breed comes from.

We were able to get our money back but not until we got the hotel manager on duty involved and we told the hotel management it would be in there best interest to not be associated with this ranch. The management appeared to be concerned about the animal welfare but I don’t know if anything will ever come of it. We continued to see people go out every day on these animals and based on other reviews I found on the internet from past years, they do not care to change anything because the issue continues.

Please do not get lost in the dream and vision of riding on a beach and ocean scene. These animals are not healthy and not happy, Dominican breed or not.

Gave one star because 0 star is not an option.
Written May 4, 2015
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JLD
Lake Oswego, OR38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
My husband and I had amazing rides on the beach last week while vacationing in Punta Cana for my 40th birthday! Fausto our guide was incredible and is truly an accomplished horseman. While I’m used to English riding back home, it was fun to ride In western tack and give it a go at neck reining. The horses were really responsive and fun to ride. The horse “Nacho” that I rode has a gaited walk similar to a Tennessee walking horse ( In other words he doesn’t trot) IE smooth and butter Cadillac ride. He is a fun, young, Feisty, spirited, Chestnut gelding which made for some amazing dreamlike canters and gallops along the smooth sand beaches. It was Like riding a magic flying carpet over the sand. There are horses for all abilities at Rancheo El differente as they have over 160 horses on their farm. As an equestrian, I can tell they are well cared for. Fausto does all his own farrier work as well. I specifically requested to ride a spirited horse like the one I ride back home as I enjoy, well “holding your horses”, but there are horses for all riding abilities. My husband prefers not such a hot horse, so he rode Carmello and Meduso. We had so much fun we went back and rode a second day. I planned to go riding on our trip before hand and because of all the great reviews I read about Rancheo El Differente, I picked it. We were not let down. I’m usually reluctant to go on horseback rides when traveling since they are usually geared for non riders/tourists, and I don’t like to be babysat on horseback nose to tail. But this was not the case. Based on our riding experience Fausto let use ride within our abilities. We will be back to ride again down there. Maybe for a couple weeks next time. Nothing beats riding a horse on the beach! Thanks Fausto! Thanks Nacho! Thanks Carmello! Thanks Meduso!
Written January 19, 2021
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Come back soon again thank you
Written March 18, 2021
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Andy D
Merseyside, UK45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were picked up at the Hard Rock and strangely we were transferred into another vehicle outside the gates. We were a family of 2 adults and 3 teenage girls, we were driven directly to the beach and there were 5 horses waiting, no matching of the horses to each individual and no safety helmets offered.

Our guide was fantastic and we did feel comfortable on the beach without helmets, the horses were fairly docile and looked in good condition. We did stop after an hour to stretch our legs, it would have been nice to have been give a cold water at this point rather than at the end of the 2 hours. Our representative had bottles of rum with our photos attached to the front, they wanted $30 a bottle we declined, one nice touch was the rep sent me the photos he took via Whatsapp free of charge.

It was a great day and lovely going in the water on a horse, we were not offered a visit to the ranch but to be honest it was boiling hot and we just wanted to go back to the pool and air con. For £150 for the 5 of us it was great cheap fun but they need to sort out the safety aspect and matching people to the size of the horse.
Written August 11, 2019
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Ian G
West Vancouver, Canada174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We had a great ride on the beach. Don picked us up from our hotel and drove us to the beach where we met our Guide and our horses. The great thing was it was only my daughter and myself riding with our guide (we booked for a group tour) so we were well looked after and driven back to the hotel afterwards. The only downside was the amount of rubbish and especially plastic on the trails just off the beach. We thought this could easily be rectified. Overall though a great experience.
Written May 2, 2019
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leah w
louisville, ky225 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
The Excellence Resort offers a free 1/2 hour horseback riding session through the contracted services of Rancho El Diferente. 2 hour sessions can also be purchased. Diego, rep. for the service, took a group of us to the meeting point for the ride. I noticed most of the horses were very thin. I got on a horse and it was so skinny that the hip bones were jutting out and the individual vertebrates could be felt along the backbone. I could not participate riding these poor creatures. I complained to 2 resort managers and they promised to follow up, but never contacted me again. I also complained to Diego, the rep. for Rancho. He told me the name of these type of horses and said they are a skinny breed, but I could not find any such breed listed on the internet. He offered to let me visit the ranch at a designated time, but when I met up with him, he said that his boss would not let me because he needed to "organize things at the ranch first". I know Dominicans think about animals differently than Americans, but please consider the condition of the horses before you decide to ride them.
Written October 19, 2014
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Lisa D
Hopkins, Belize64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great day on the beach riding in the ocean. The staff was great. They took videos and pictures for us. Very helpful in getting us on and off the horse.
Our drivers were great getting us there and back.

The only problem I had was the description on TripAdvisor There was no description as to what beach we were on. There was no description about water being served. No description telling us there was a market to shop or a vendor on the beach to get a beer after we were done.
No description to be prepared to buy a framed photo of our experience.
Everything else was amazing.
Written February 16, 2024
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Thank you so much hope you come back soon
Written February 17, 2024
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Craig B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My family went and loved this excursion which we booked before we left here on TripAdvisor. Pickup was timely (they were actually there 10 minutes early) and the ride was about a half hour to the ranch. Once there, we saddled up, and took some pictures. This is where Rancho el Differente surprised us in a good way. Unlike many other excursions on the island, they will happily take pictures of you with your own phone. The ride on the beach was wonderful and Fausto (who was bringing up the rear) provided us commentary on the area and the DR in general. He knew my daughter took lessons at home, so he held her back at one point on the ride so she could post and trot (which she loved). There were only 6 of us on the ride in total (us and another threesome). Bring $2 for at least one coconut (there's a rest stop with a vendor - it's not required) and tip money (they deserve it). The way back is a little less "exciting" as most of it is via a path and road and only a small section on the beach. But we would do this excursion again in a heartbeat.
Written March 9, 2023
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thank you very much for your good comment we hope to see you again God bless you
Written March 17, 2023
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Ava
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
I would not recommend. There were lizards tied up by necks, couldn’t move, drink, or eat. Two hamsters in cage hanging from tree. Turtles in enclosure with barely any water. Horses were crammed together in very small space, basically living in their own filth. The horses had scars all over them and were very skinny. When my horse was too tired to gallop, he was whipped. I could never support a place that treats animals like that. I will not be going back unless there are serious changes made. If you can’t treat animals properly, then don’t get one.
Written June 27, 2022
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Hi my friend in very sorry for you but you was in the wrong place we are Rancho el diferente and we only have horse we dont have Any other animal Thank you and please make sure and erase this bad review Thank you
Written June 29, 2022
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mich4230
New Jersey69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The company was great. They picked us up as promised and drove us to the beach where the horses were waiting. They did a great job of matching the rider to the horse based on ability. We had both experienced and novice people in the group and everyone got the ride they wanted. The group was very small which was nice. Frausto was our guide and was a pleasure.
Written February 10, 2020
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Thank you very much for to choose us was a pleasure. Hope you can come again
Written February 18, 2020
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STaylor82
Worcester, MA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
My wife and I were in Punta Cana for a family vacation (3 kids aged between 9 and 12) and she wanted to book a horse riding excursion. While down there, she called up Daniel and made the reservation for the next day for all of us. Our eldest daughter has been riding for 6 years now (albeit English) and the other two have had a handful of lessons and participated in a few pony camps. My wife has had several lessons also. I am a different story; zero riding experience. We unfortunately had to cancel our reservation at the last minute (like the middle of the night) because of an illness and our eldest was bummed because she wanted to ride on the beach. My wife then booked again for just the two of them the day we were leaving, a Saturday.

Daniel explained that because of the time (Good Friday through Easter Sunday) nobody was allowed to do any activities on the beaches in the whole country because traditionally the locals go "to the mountains and the beaches" to celebrate. He mentioned he even called someone to see if he could be given an exception (local government person? Permit person? not sure who) but he was told that they could not allow it. He said that they could however, offer a ride around their property for the same length of time. This, as we found out, went way above and beyond sacrificing for the customer. Because of it being Easter weekend they weren't even planning on having any excursions that day but Daniel felt bad because we couldn't make our original reservation. Saturday morning my wife called Daniel and said that our daughter who wasn't feeling well the first time is now OK to ride and asked if he could take all 5 of us again. It was no problem even though this was 30 minutes before he was set to arrive in the morning.

Daniel picked us up and drove us to his ranch which was about 15 minutes away.
Once there, he fetched the two helmets they had at my wife's request (not a deal breaker if they didn't have any or if none fit). We were then introduced to Fausto and "Frannie", our guides. Fausto is Daniel's older brother and they have two other brothers, one of which assists in the operation of another horse ranch in Germany with his wife. The entire place is family only business and the land is now with the 4th generation (the horse ranch is newer if I understood correctly).

5 Paso Fino mixes were brought out with Western saddles and sadly I only remember two of their names; Mario and the one I rode, Fenton. All of the horses were delightful and very easy going. From not having ridden anything before, Fenton was very easy to control and responsive to the commands I gave (left, right, stop). Speed was controlled by Fausto who took up the rear, occasionally clucking, whistling and whatnot to get the horses to keep going. Experienced riders may not have such a need for assistance.

The specially scheduled ride was down the road then through their plantation which I found fascinating. Fausto explained how the rice harvest is done, showed other local plants that produce other foods as we passed by them though they aren't farmed (hazelnuts, peas, banana leaves, limes, coconuts) and all about his family. I feel if we had done the beach ride, I would've missed all of these very personal connections made with him. We even hummed and sang him happy birthday as he mentioned the next day was his 55th. An incredibly warming and welcoming man who asked several times if the kids were OK and having a good time. At our turn-around point, Fausto and Frannie rounded us up and posed the horses for pictures which he used my wife's phone so no price gouging CD.

Upon our return after about an hour and 45 minutes, Daniel again apologized that we could not participate in the original beach ride and that it wasn't as active had it been a normal workday. Both situations we were grateful though because we saw more of the Dominican Republic with what we did than had we gone on the beach and it was a much more intimate experience.

As far as the horses specifically for those interested. Eldest daughter is absolutely, 100% horse obsessed to the point we don't think she can actually run without doing it like a horse with the horse grunts and breathing noises. She is meticulous when tacking and brushing the horses she rides (not an option here but at home) and everyone in the family is an animal lover. My wife has a particular hatred for any animal exploitation or mistreatment and had no qualms about this ranch. All of the horses had a good temperment, not showing any ribs (indicating a proper weight) and did not show any signs of mistreatment (flinching or fear of being struck etc).

Daniel mentioned that in addition to what the "normal" excursion is, they just began a longer tour that went into the nearby mountains that is a 4 hr long trip which I would not recommend for a beginner only because your butt will be sore!
Written April 21, 2019
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