Jeff Roberson
March 01, 2016

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard gave the New York Mets a little giddy-up.

The Mets stars decided to ride horses into camp Tuesday, then took them for a romp around the spring training complex.

Cespedes drew plenty of attention last week, showing off his personal fleet of tricked-out custom vehicles. This time, the flashy outfielder pulled into the players' parking lot sporting a different kind of horsepower.

Cespedes wore a cowboy hat. Syndergaard was more cautious, wearing a Mets helmet.

''I didn't get bucked off, so that was nice,'' Syndergaard said.

Syndergaard said it was his idea to go horsin' around. His father trains horses in Texas, plus the pitcher had seen a picture on Instagram of Cespedes with a horse.

Cespedes rode Candy, one of the horses he owns on a nearby Florida ranch.

Mets pitcher Steven Matz and catcher Kevin Plawecki later took the mounts for a ride toward the minor league fields.

Later, though, manager Terry Collins said it was time for the NL champions to get back in the saddle.

''Fun time's over. It's time to get after it. It's time to get ready for baseball,'' Collins said.

Collins added that he was OK with Cespedes' rides, whether they're on four wheels or four legs.

''I have no problem with it,'' he said. ''He's having a little bit of fun for the time being. But it's time to get ready for baseball now.''

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