Big Al Johnson made our horseback riding excursion the best part of our trip to Taos! Our party consisted of myself (an experienced rider and horse lover), my husband (who hates horses and heights), our 17 year-old daughter (inexperienced rider), our 12 year-old son (inexperienced rider), my 62 year-old mother (with a bad back and knee), and my 61 year-old mother-in-law (with a bad hip). Al took the time to inquire about our previous riding experience and matched riders with appropriate horses. Yes, Al spends some time teaching people how to safely ride a horse. This seems much more responsible than the places I have gone that put you in a saddle, hand you the reins, and off you go. Once we mounted up, we headed out and were treated to some truly gorgeous scenery. Al's assistant, Rob, was our trail leader and he kept up friendly conversation throughout the ride. We stopped at one point to get pictures and then made our way back to camp. This is a steep mountain ride taken at a leisurely pace. If you are looking to take a horse for a wild gallop across flat land, you need to book with a different company (although in my experiences, most horse rental companies do not allow people to risk injury to themselves or the horses, so if you want to ride Secretariat, buy your own horse). This is a cash-only business, so make sure you have plenty of cash on hand for the fee plus a tip. An absolutely unforgettable experience!
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