Horseback riding on the beach

Indulging in the age-old Texas tradition of riding a horse may be the best way to experience the untouched natural beauty of Matagorda—a secluded sandy treasure on the Gulf of Mexico.

Dusty Wells, owner of T&D Adventure Parks—the only service offering equestrian rides on the shores of Matagorda—has been in the horse business for more than three decades, and horseback riding on the beaches of Texas has been in the family for five generations. While the company offers nearly 200 horses for guided beach rides in Corpus Christi and South Padre Island, only 10 of its horses enjoy a quieter career in Matagorda. One-hour excursions are $60 per person; reservations recommended.

From the February 2018 issue

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