Horseback Riding at the Hills Health and Guest Ranch

After a guided hike through The Hills’ boreal forest and rolling meadows typical of the Caribou region, past Sucre Lake and a visit with a Red-Tailed Hawk, we were fortunate enough to experience the property from another perspective, on horseback. Upon arriving at the stables, four of the horses we had previously awed over grazing the property had already been saddled-up for us, fed, and were ready to go!Bryce and Laura, two of the Hills’ experienced and friendly wranglers, quickly showed us the ropes of basic riding techniques before setting out through the forest and up to a lookout showcasing the beauty of the surrounding area; views of the Ranch, 108 Lake & its community, and the seemingly endless landscape beyond. Having never ridden horseback before, we joked about my riding the tallest, fastest and least predictable of horses. A beautiful, white beast of a horse named Dawn was appointed to me and Amber rode General, which we later learned to be a born athlete. However regardless of my own inexperience, it turned out to be Bryce who was bucked off when his own horse was mysteriously spooked as he attempted to hop on. A little embarrassed over the endeavor, he calmly “got back on the horse”, adding legitimacy to the age-old adage. Although we were impressed with his composure throughout the incident, Laura simply giggled and reminded him that he now owed her a case of beer as his hat had fallen from his head in the midst of all the madness.

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Taken on May 6, 2009