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Wandering horses

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I had to stop and record this horse with the bird on his back crossing in front of my car. You can try not to live in the moment in Vieques, but it is impossible.

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Black and White

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black_and_white sand dave and yuri  Photos taken by recent guests David and Yuri at our very special black sand beach.

This is a 25-30 minute walk from Casa de Kathy.





Horsey_black_sand_beach dave and yuro march 2013

Horsey_black_sand_beach_#2 dave and yuri

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Senor Suerte (lucky cat)

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Today I found a home for the kitten that has been living for about 2 months in my driveway and more recently on my balcony.  I did not want to keep another cat because I already have two cats and a dog.

This kitten was special (aren’t they all).  He must have been domesticated before he came to my property because he was very affectionate and calm (despite the fact that Luvy chased him all over the yard).  One day he was missing and I thought Luvy (my dog) must have done him in.  But he survived and came back the next day.

I also must confess that I took him to the Humane Society yesterday to surrender him. But when I found out that they would have had to put him to sleep, I decided to take him back to my house.  (There was absolutely no room for any more cats.)  I appreciate very much the assistance I received from Aleda and Sheila at the Humane Society.  They helped me work through the dilemma I faced trying to decide whether to leave him or not.

On the way there and back to my house, I stopped in stores and people passing by on the street trying to find him a home.  No luck… so I brought him to my home again.  No luck… until today when Mamen Ventura came to do some repairs at my house.  I casually mentioned the kitten that was sitting watching us work.  And he said, “yes, I’ll take him home, we need a cat at my house.”

When he put the cat in his car, he jumped out. But Mamen scooped him up again.  As he was driving away, I yelled you should name that cat, Senor Suerte (Mr. Luck).   Now I am missing that cat but so very happy that he will be cared for.

Hope your day as nice as mine.


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Vieques on horseback

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Many of my guests had been giving rave reviews of the horseback riding tours by Esperanza Riding Company.  So when two of my guests suggested I go with them on this tour, I finally decided, after 10 years of procrastinating, to go riding.

It was a wonderful experience – made possible by my very gentle horse, “Rescate” (Rescue in English), and the skill and confidence of Elizabeth, the owner and tour guide.

Elizabeth has about 20 horses that live on a beautiful pasture overlooking the south coast just outside of Esperanza.  We met Elizabeth at 8 AM at her horse farm at the corner of Routes #201 & #996 and were given very clear instructions about how to manage the horse using the reins and our heels.  It was a thrill to trot through the hills and the beaches of Vieques.

Between Sun Bay and Esperanza with westerm mountains in the background

If I can do it, you can too!

Check out Esperanza Riding Company tours.

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Wild horses experience

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The message below was written by a former guest and friend, Ted Glick.

Near Black Sand beach on south coast of ViequesThe photo was taken by another guest, Joe Saraceno who has stayed at Casa de Kathy more than once. This winter Joe and his wife were walking towards Black Sand beach and encountered these beautiful galloping horses and were able to take this dramatic photo.  In the background you can see Cayo Afuera, the island in front of the Malecon.

Thanks for sharing, Ted and Joe .

Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 6:34 AM
From: Ted Glick
Greetings from beautiful Vieques.

Yesterday I had an experience like none I’ve ever had. Jane and I are walking up a mountain road, closed to vehicle traffic, no other people around, to the top of the highest mountain here (1,000 feet) and we encountered a herd of a dozen wild horses eating by the side of the road. We spent the next hour and a half, going up and then coming back down, trying to get past them, walking behind them, watching them speed up to get ahead of us and going out of sight, eating lunch prematurely as we came upon them forming a kind of blockade of the road while half of them ate some luscious-looking long grass by the side of the road.

We eventually decided to press our luck by walking slowly up towards the blockaders to try to get through so we could get up to the top. Fortunately, and as we thought was likely, they moved aside and then down the road to allow us to go past. Then, after we’d gone up to the top and were coming back down we ran into the whole group of them again at one point and they proceeded to move as one group, about 15-20 feet ahead of us, all the way down the rest of the hike to the bottom.

It was amazing to have this kind of dance with these beautiful animals,
each of us eyeing each other nervously, us moving cautiously, trying to get
them to trust us, watching certain ones of the horses playing leadership roles in their determination of how to respond to us, etc.


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The horses of Vieques

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What a treat it is to live in Vieques and see the horses roaming the streets and beaches. They are wonderfully elegant animals.  They can be seen grazing at Sun Bay or at the former Navy compound in the west (Playa Almendra).  These are not “wild horses”  –  every horse belongs to someone.   They say in Vieques, the only time you find a “wild” horse is when the horse is involved in a car accident… then it will be hard to find anyone who claims ownership.  The Municipality is considering adopting policies that will help prevent these car unfortunate accidents.

Horses in the WestThere are a couple of horse clubs in Vieques.  Do not miss the opportunity to see the competition of pasofino horses and be dazzled by the melodic cadence of the horses hoofs walking down the long wooden plank for the competition.

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