Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

My First Time Riding Western Style

Actually, it was not my first time riding specifically western style, but rather riding a horse at all. As someone who is allergic to both hay and horses, I never really bothered spending time around them. When I was told that the volunteer position I offered involved spending my days on a ranch with horses, I was rather wary of the image I had in mind at first. However, I packed my bags for my trip to Canada, kind of looking forward to the challenge that would await me, making sure I carried enough allergy medication for my stay here at Chilcotin Holidays.

Arriving at the ranch, the literally first thing I did was, who would have guessed, chasing horses in order to feed them afterwards. Hurrying up to get things done, I forgot to take my medication, leaving me with a running nose and watery eyes after my first encounter with the horses and rolling the hay bale.

Some days later, I got my riding orientation and it was explained to me how to saddle a horse properly, which actually took way longer than I had expected. However, I eventually made it with a little help from my staff members and we were ready to give it a try.

At first, we were informed about safety instructions and were able to practice guiding our horse on the ranch’s pasture before heading to Pearson’s lookout. In order to “start” my horse, I was supposed to kick it in the belly with my heels, leaving me afraid that I would hurt it, but the saddle parts apparently dulled the impact. After some time, I was somehow able to give the horse directions and we were prepared to go.

The ride to Pearson’s lookout was steeper than what I had expected of a first ride, but it was smoother than I thought and arriving at the bluff, we had a beautiful view over the valley.

On our way back, we didn’t ride the horses in order to spare their knees.

When we returned and relieved the horses from the saddles, I was pleasantly surprised about the joy of experiencing the ranch’s surroundings by horse and I was already looking forward to the rides to come.

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About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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