I have owned horses and ridden my entire life, but living in MN gives very little opportunity to ride in the mountains. My boyfriend suggested a "dude ranch," which was an idea I didn't relish, but after all the hiking we had planned, I really wanted to just enjoy CO from the saddle with the trail between my horses ears.. I'm so glad we chose Granite Mountain Outfitters! The horses were well-cared for and the owner and the guide we had we obviously very knowledgable. We opted to do the private half-day ride and I will say I was a tad disappointed when I saw our rides-- two mules! But those girls had me eating my words in about thirty minutes! They were fabulous and sure-footed and both had lovely personalities.
At the very end of our ride, my boyfriend's ride suprised us all by taking off towards the trees for an unknown reason and my boyfriend (who I would classify as an confident beginning rider) lost his seat. That's what the waiver they have you sign is for though and of course we understand the risks of being around and riding horses, even the best can be unpredictable. Our guide handled the situation well, since I'm sure its one they rarely have.
I would recommend that people who are experienced with horses or couples spring for the private ride.. Definitely worth it, I thought. This experience was one of the most enjoyable things we did in Colorado and we would both recommend it and plan on visiting again some day!
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