I called a day ahead of time to schedule a trail ride and the owner (Ron) greeted me on the phone. He was very helpful and informed me of the time and place to meetup for the trail ride as well as some details of the ride itself. My wife and I were beginners and he reassured me that we needed no experience. I got the impression he was a candid, genuine, and "from the country" type of person with a passion for what he does, not much tact though. His wife was straight and to the point with a similar passion. I can see how they can be off-putting to more sensitive types of people. My advice though is to not expect to be pampered.
When we arrived we found a beautiful setting with great views all around. There were such a variety of horses on the grounds....at least 70...The grounds were rustic and it looked like a working farm vs. a show farm. We were met by Kathleen, and she got us through the paperwork. It was all business for her. It wasn't long before Ron started matching up horses to the riders (there were 7 of us total) including Ron and one of his interns. He let us know some guidelines for riding,"driving instructions", and basic safety rules. He did a good job with letting us know what to expect during the ride and kept us engaged in conversation throughout. I think what not to expect during the ride would be to ride near your best friend or partner...Ron matched rider to horse which to me makes sense in terms of safety. I was the back of the line, my wife was in the front. I got Little John, a small horse, but a mustang. He was a good horse. This process from arrival to getting on the horse took about 45 minutes. I took my camera out shot a few pics. This is not a ride to have a camera out shooting pictures....I put mine in my car, both hands needed to be on the reigns.
Ron took us through some basic rider training and what to do's such as steering, driving, going downhill, trotting, going around barrels, letting the horse drink, eat, etc and even more tips along the way. Then we were off. It was fun, exciting, and harrowing at times, but I felt as if the horses were well trained and well tempered. The scenery throughout the ride was amazing and I felt like were were given "opportunities" to learn the horse and how to interact and communicate with the horse. We'll be back again and I recommend it for adventurous types, because at some points along the way, you do get to "ride" your horses instead of having it completely guided. We had fun.
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