Sara and Mike took our group of novices (six) out for a 3 hour ride and in hindsight I don't know how they managed it (but they did, brilliantly). Training-up and preparing that many beginners is not easy or ideal but we are eternally grateful to Sara and Mike for going the extra mile and doing it because we had no other option. We had a real mixed bag in our group: the horses were utterly dependable, but six novice riders is what really starts consuming attention but Sara and Mike are very attentive in matching the right horse to a specific rider. If you have a large group, my advice is to keep numbers low (split days if you have to) so that you have two or three max on a ride. Possibly not so much of a problem if there are experienced riders present, but keeping numbers low makes for a more intimate experience.
Personally I have a love-fear relationship with horses because although I love been around them I've been bitten in the past and had a few close shaves. There is absolutely NO fear of that with Sara and Mike's horses. Many animals can sense human apprehension, but none of those beauties took any advantage of that. I have never felt so safe and at ease around horses, so if I can do it, anyone can. A three hour ride is too short to form a 'bond' with a horse but my mount (Maverick) and I developed an understanding of each other and he was very forgiving of any of my shortcomings as a rider. Six novice riders and nothing but smiles at the end of three hours - says it all really. The scenery is stunning but the main attraction for me was always going to be the horses themselves. And what happy, good natured, stunningly beautiful individuals they are. This is no nose-to-tail tourist on horseback caravan job; I could listen to Sara and Mike for hours talking about their four-legged friends (which they do with a passion). I was utterly fascinated by the group interaction between all the horses and it's every bit as complex as human relationships (if not more so!).
One of the highlights of my two week holiday was sitting on my four-legged companion at the top of a high ridge and looking off into the distance across a valley toward the not-so-distant heights of the Escalante. It's one of those moments when you become unaware of anything else around you including the reality of your usual day-to-day existence. Timeless, perfect. Mental snapshot taken and stored in the memory bank forever. I'll use it every time I find myself somewhere I'd rather not be. Thank you so much.
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