Ride ‘Em Cowboy! Horse Riding, Saguaro Cactus and Rattlesnakes

Ride ‘Em Cowboy! Horse Riding, Saguaro Cactus and Rattlesnakes

I once swore I’d never ever get on the back of a four legged critter again after a sunrise horse ride in Monument Valley in 2001 left me nursing bruised knees and a pinched nerve in my back. However as part of our stay at Tanque Verde Ranch east of Tucson I broke my own rule – and mounted ‘Skipper’ – a very handsome and responsive quarter horse. We left at 8am and in 30 minutes were eating breakfast chuck-wagon style near an old ruined homestead. Also seeking breakfast was a large rattlesnake that slid under the floor of the homestead before any of the wranglers could catch it. We then remounted carried on for another three hours into the spectacular saguaro cactus covered desert foothills. This is one ride I’ll remember for a long time with not even any aches or pain just smiles and bragging rights. Visit: www.tvr.com

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