Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Chilcotin Holidays

The River Ride


After a couple of days at the ranch I got more comfortable around the horses and it was time for my first ride. I was quite excited about it because I had only ride a horse once in my life before and that was so long ago that I could hardly remember it. First of all, we needed to pick a horse for me and saddle it. I had seen the saddling process a few times before but it really requires some practice to master it so I did it together with some other interns. 

After the horses were saddled and everything was double checked we were ready to go and I hopped on my horse Scout. I do not know why but I immediately trusted the horse and felt safe on top of it so that was a good start. After riding down the driveway we practised steering the horse and throttling to experience how it felt when you ride a bit faster than walking pace. Together with the info we got at our riding orientation we were ready for the ride and so we began. The River ride starts downhill so after a few moments you already have a nice view which makes you realize again in what a beautiful and special environment you are in. When arriving downhill you move on to the actual horse trail and from that point on the amazement started. 

The 'obstacles' that these horses pass along there way are quite diverse but it does not seem to bother them at all. They hop over logs, stones, little creeks, go up- and downhill without any form of resistance. I had never realized that horses were able to cross such 'obstacles' so that was truly an eye opener for me. It also increases the trust and admiration for the horses because overcoming these 'obstacles' helps you to truly understand their capabilities. When we came back to the ranch after two hours it was time to unsaddle the horses and put them back in the corral. 

Looking at the horses for a moment I could not wait to ride again.

- Job, Netherlands

Chilcotin Holidays

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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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