Not just a ride, but an adventure atop of a majestic drum or gypsy vanner horse, exploring Palma Sola Bay, in Bradenton, Florida. Encounter all kinds of sea life while swimming in the bay with your horse!



“Amazing experience, I had a blast! The horses are stunningly beautiful, have a sweet and tender temperament, professionally trained and cared for. Some creatures we saw include stingrays and a juvenile shark! When the horses swim it is amazing – it really feels like they have wings!” -Christina G., Detroit, MI

“I live in the tampabay area and often spoiled by great weather and many outdoor activities. This was so much fun! The horses were beautiful, well cared for and calm. My horse once in the water started singing she was so happy. It was fun to see them enjoying the ride as much as us. Carmen’s team were on hand to help mount and dismount the horses. there are steps you walk up to mount which made it very easy. Simple instructions and we were off. Saw sting rays, hammerhead sharks and plenty of sunshine. This is not just for tourists, I encourage locals to get out and enjoy. Also bring carrots to share with your horse – it’s a great way to thank them!” -Susan M, Tampa, FL



What to Expect

–Over an hour adventure including meeting your horse, learning about your ride, riding into the bay and an exhilarating swim back to shore on your CPonies.

-Calm and capable Gypsy and Drum horses that will accommodate any experience level

-A customized experience from our team of equestrian experts

Policies and What to Bring


  • Horseback rides are limited, so please book your ride as far in advance as you can. Weekdays are better as there are less people on the beach.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before scheduled ride to check in. You might want to call to check for delays due to weather. All sales are final and nonrefundable unless C Ponies cancels. We can reschedule, offer a refund, or we will issue rain checks that are good for 1 year. We can also refund with a $25.00 cancellation fee per booking, not per ticket.
  • We encourage you to please tip your horse handler. They work very hard keeping you and your family comfortable and catering to our horses’ needs.
  • We have a weight limit of 285 pounds for our horses.

What to Bring:

  • Bathing suit, or something comfortable to swim in (you will get wet)
  • Water shoes
  • Towels
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water
  • Dry Clothes for after the ride
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Long-Sleeve shirt recommended, the sun is very strong and sunscreen only lasts so long

Not just a ride, this is an equestrian aquatic adventure that you will never forget!


This is an once-in-a-lifetime adventure with one of the rarest horse breeds! Ride and swim, weather permitting,* on horseback as one of our majestic Gypsy or Drum horses takes you on an exploration of the bay, offering the opportunity to encounter sea life. During this adventure, make sure to keep your eyes open for manatees, stingrays, dolphins, and other sea life to swim by! While all living creatures MUST be returned to their ocean home, any nonliving items can be kept.

Not to mention, the whole time you will be able to enjoy and soak up the beauty of Florida from an entirely different vantage point, on horseback! This is a great spot for pictures, which can be purchased and uploaded directly on your phone immediately after your ride.**

And the best part… You will be enjoying some magical and refreshing swimming atop a horse’s back as it carries you gracefully through the water of Palma Sola Bay in Bradenton, Florida. Your guide/riding instructor will take the safest but most exciting route, so grab hold of your mystical horse’s mane and hang on tight for a splendid horseback swim that is unlike anything else. This ride lasts an hour.

*Air Temperatures must be at least 65° to swim with the horses. This is for our horses’ health.

**Picture and video package available for $25.00. Please have the RE Camera App loaded on your phone.

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