Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Sending the horses out for the summer

Another unique experience on the schedule for today: we are sending the horse out for the summer!

Well organized and well prepared, five people will take about fifteen horses into their summer pastures. The ride starts from the Chilcotin Holidays Ranch, situated near Gold Bridge, in the South Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia. The way we go is to 5 Mile Ridge. Each person rides a horse and holds another one by the lead rope, attached to the halter. After two hours of saddling, western hats on, and there we go. The horses walk down the road. The in-line group passes Pearson’s Pond and Mowson’s Pond, two very beautiful areas where it is possible to fish, camp and admire the view. As we climb up we can admire Carpenter Lake, as peaceful as always, and the infinite mountains. The day is warm and sunny; we are accompanied by a fresh gentle breeze. As time goes by, we move away from the road and take an old logging trail to continue our trip. We are in the middle of nature, surrounded by vegetation, including fresh yellow flowers. Twice we cross little water ponds, where horses get to refresh and hydrate themselves. Our lead guide also makes us trot a few times, which is amazing. We lean forward, standing up in our stirrups, the wind blows in our hair, the scenery accelerates around us, and the feeling of freedom engulfs us. It is also challenging to trot, having to control our own horse and the horse we are leading. All horses easily follow each other, obediently, even though they are as excited as us by the adventure.

We finally arrive near Larnie Camp, where we first attach horses to the trees to unsaddle them. We then check that they have bells on, so that we can locate them when we want them back, and we let them go! They run freely in the bush, excited by the infinite grass lying before them. The horses will stay there for most of the summer; we will bring them back in September for more adventures.

Chilcotin Holidays

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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