A Golden Horse Tale

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Horseback riding in Colorado is a wonderful experience. Some members of my girl scout troop and I went riding at the Pine Cliff Stables in the White Ranch Open Space north of Golden.

Horseback riding in Colorado is a wonderful experience. Some members of my girl scout troop and I went riding at the Pine Cliff Stables in the White Ranch Open Space north of Golden. Pine Cliff Stables is a great place for a first ride. They have 32 horses including a newborn. We weren't allowed to get too close to the colt because it was so young.

 

Riding a horse is an excellent opportunity to experience nature. We saw deep valleys and high peaks. Trails wrapped around the hills like lights on a Christmas tree. There were several pine trees and plenty of little cactus. We saw quite a few orange, yellow, and white wildflowers popping out of the green grass. You could see a deep blue reservoir from the top of the foothills. The sky was so blue and there wasn't a cloud to be seen. Although the trail was rocky and steep in places, our experienced leaders helped us through it.

 

One of the guides recently moved to Colorado from Mississippi. It was his first day on the job, but he was a knowledgeable horseman. He started riding horses when he was eight years old. The other guide had worked at Pine Cliff Stables for at least a year, and he had plenty of funny stories about people and horses who failed to follow directions.

 

When I put my helmet on and heard the squeak of the leather as I sat down in the saddle, I thought of a family story about my dad's grosspapa (my great grandpa). He was a master craftsman who immigrated from Germany and became a saddler for the New York City Mounted Police in the late 1930's. He retired in 1965. He was so good at his work that they named a horse "Hirschmann" in his honor. How cool is that? My father has a photo of Hirschmann (the horse) hanging in his office.

 

My horse, Chief, was a little rambunctious. He would leave the trail at times. My mom's horse Governor was very gassy. Luckily, I wasn't behind them.

 

I had a great time riding horses at Pine Cliff Stables. I hope every kid will get a chance to experience the foothills of Colorado while on a horse.