Looking for a bit of “horse heaven”, I convinced Stephen he would love a group ride in the woods. After a quick check on TripAdvisor, we discovered to our surprise that Madeira’s Number One attraction featured horses! With a call to Quinta do Riacho, I committed. Unfortunately, the image of Tex, an enormous animal with a mind of his own (Stephen’s last equine “experience” on a rocky Oregon beach), popped into my head. Could we make this work? Desperate to jump into the saddle, I managed to cajole him into action.