Defensa Horse Education

Starting in 2014 Defensa offered a Free Horse Class in Rincon for all ages and sizes.  The purpose of the class was to inspire and educate more people to advocate for all horses in Puerto Rico – we are not a ‘riding school’ – we are a Federal and Puerto Rico Non Profit Animal Rescue Group.  Starting in 2018 we are partnering with Rincon’s ‘Arts & Beyond Learning Center‘ to help inspire and educate with respect to horses. 

 You can make a donation or purchase an Amazon Horse Wishlist gift for our horses to support our work as written about in the Horse Nation Standing Ovation.  More information after our photos

We highly recommend  Rincon’s Pintos “R” Us Trail Rides if you are wanting to experience horseback riding in Rincon Puerto Rico.  They offer beach and trail rides daily and year round by appointment only (787) 516-7090.  PintosRUs and Defensa Rescue Horses in partnership via their Hope4Horses Horse Rescue Program.   If you are looking for regular riding lessons we highly recommend La Quinta de Aragón located in Anasco.

Working with horses can teach all ages to respect & rescue horses as well as teach patients, confidence, compassion for animals and tenaciousness!   Our classes follow “Natural horsemanship” styles – no wiping or hitting.

Requirements for working with our horses

  1. By invitation R.S.V.P only please, for security and safetly reasons – email us at if interested.
  2. Protective shoes – lace up tennis shoes or boots for students and parents of students 16 years or younger.   Barefoot, flip flops or crocs are not allowed  – sorry but horses accidentally step on toes.
  3. Release of Liability/Be Responsible for Your Own Safety (& The Safety of Your Child) – You will need to sign a yearly Defensa Horse Class Waiver  releasing Defensa, all of the volunteers and all of the property owners of  any and all liability.   If you can not print the waiver email us and we will send you an email to use as a release-  Bring a protective bike helmet if desired, where clothes that will protect you, shoes as mentioned, etc.   Defensa and it’s volunteer are NOT responsible for the safety of anyone.
  4. Students Under 16 yrs Require Parents Attendance – During the full class please.
  5. A Donation  – We’d like to inspire everyone who rides in class to make a small or large donation towards whichever Student Instructor helps you.  A guildline is $5 (or more if you’d like) for a ride – NO DONATION required to pet, watch and learn.  If you’d like to give a little something to our horses (that work so hard) …. we wouldn’t turn that down!   Bananas, Apples or Cash 🙂 for Grain
  6. Riding is always limited to 175lbs or less but there are no limits to whom can learn to rescue, love, interact with and care for horses.

Depending on your lifestyle, owning a horse in Puerto Rico can be easy and affordable.  If you want to learn how to find and own a horse in Puerto Rico please reach out to us via

Class Locations & Times do Vary.    Please make sure you confirm your date and location via email to  at least 24 hours in advance, you are welcome to just show up but if you need help/information/confirm-there-is-room-for-you we need 24hours to respond.

  • Puntas  ‘Cuchillo de Pina’ – Class riding is here in Puntas off 413.  If it is raining or a storm is on the radar/forecast class will be canceled.
  • Puntas ‘By The Beach’ – Class will have a base camp here in Casa Islena parking lot, but riding might be on the beach or on the street depending on student’s who attend.
  • Puntas ‘On The Beach’ – Class starts here at the beach in Puntas close to ‘Playa Don Antonio/Casa Islena’, If it is raining or a storm is on the radar/forecast class will be canceled.
  • Puntas ‘On the hill’ – Class starts here on the hill in Puntas.  Please remember to park off to the side of the main road and not in the driveways of the people’s homes.
  • Puntas ‘Private Classes’ – Class starts here off the 413 in Puntas.