Ever rode horseback? How was it for you?
I was scared.
Photo credit goes to my Mom-In-Law on this one. Thanks Ma! I like this picture because, it looks like the stableman is presenting me. Ha! But, in actuality, I had just got on the horse and was looking down or in the other direction when I hear my MIL call my name in sweet but funny way. I look for her, trying not to look as terrified as I felt and, she takes the picture.
We went horseback riding in Phoenix, Arizona at Ponderosa Stables.
I didn’t even begin to relax until maybe 15-20 minutes into the (1 hour) Sunset Trail Ride around Stone Mountain.
Ponderosa Stables / Arizona-Horses
10215 South Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85042
This was my first time riding a horse and, I’m not an “animal person”, so I imagined the worst. Like what if Barns (My horsie’s name was “Barns”, but in my head he was “Night Shade”. #MyLittlePony) was depressed and didn’t want to work at the stables anymore, and decided he wanted to jump off the side of the mountain. With me on his back!
Plus, I’d just signed a waiver that would not hold the stable liable if injury or death were to incur. Injury? Death? Oh, no!
I was told not to be scared because, the horse can sense that. The stableman and my family assured me all would be fine. And, it was.
The scenery was nice & peaceful.
Quiet, except for the sound of horse hooves going Clop-Clop!, and the occasional noise a horse makes when it blows out it’s nostrils loudly. Is that a neigh? I don’t know. Oh, and horse farts! Lol Barns let out a long, super loud (and vibrating) one. Glad I wasn’t riding behind him!
There were 8 in our group and, 1 tour guide in front guiding us around the trail. He pointed at different things along the way for us to look at but, it was difficult to hear what they all were. I was towards the middle of the pack so, I’m pretty sure anyone behind me didn’t hear. It was fine though because, the riders in front would repeat the important things like leaning back when going downhill. Before we went down the first hill, our guide did make it clear to stay at least 3 feet behind the horse in front of you. And, as I mounted my horse, the stableman did explain to me how to steer, stop and go.
Overall, it was a cool experience and I’m glad we went. I’m also glad my Husband had his camera phone to capture it. He took the last 3 photos and, I love them all.