I grew up riding horses, but I am no cowgirl. I used to ride my girlfriends’ horses and ponies and they routinely bucked me off. Today, I’m a bit of a nervous rider and horses know it.
Ryan and I stayed at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colorado back in March, during their “Spring into Spring” weekend. While best known as a ranch where guests stay for a week, Sylvan Dale now offers weekend stays; the perfect opportunity for Front Range folks to check out this amazing place.
Our stay included all meals and ranch activities such as a guided nature hike, campfire songs and a horseback ride.
Our trail guide was Lonnie, who has been at Sylvan Dale for years. It was just Ryan and I on the ride and as we mounted our respective horses, big Buckaroo for Ryan (phew) and Jiminey for me, I could feel the usual tension rise in my shoulders and hips as I tried to settle into the saddle and act natural. Continue Reading…