214Days #152 Colorado Horses

Horseback riders tour Garden of the Gods up close

Horseback riders tour Garden of the Gods, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA.

We caught a glimpse of movement in moving through a stand of small trees. As we got closer we saw a couple of horses moving off. Just a little farther down the road we rounded yet another turn and saw the horses and their riders beside us. There was no place to pull over and a car was following. This was the only photo I could snag as we passed them.

We came to another huge bend just as the riders came around the corner. One more second for a second shot. I couldn’t help but marvel at what has to be the very best way to tour the Garden of the Gods. In this terrain though watching where you are going might be a bit nerve-racking. From up on the horse as it walks through loose rocks on a steep descent and you can see and feel his hooves slip, might make it hard to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Two horses with riders turn a tight corner on a steep place on the hill in Garden of the Gods Colorado.

This little trail approaches a tight turn on a steep slope. It has to be a bit scary for the riders.

While some people are drawn to the majestic sight in the Colorado Rockies others are there to climb the rocks, cycle, ride their very loud motorcycles or jog. I would much prefer to ride open and free through the mountains on a trusty horse. A least from this height people are unlikely to get bit by a rattlesnake. If a horse is spooked by the snake and it rears and bolts, the rider best be prepared to hang on tight and say a prayer in a very soothing voice to calm the frightened beast and bring it under control.

This photo really shows off the wild west side of Colorado. I love to ride. Do you? Would you classify yourself as an urbanite or a country person?




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In a nut-shell (nut-case?): Photographer, illustrator, writer, passionate DIY enthusiast, wife, mother, grandmother. I love learning new things and anything that is creative: sewing upholstery or dresses, painting walls or art, building dolls or walls, cooking and cake decorating, knitting or wiring. By day I am a small manufacturing business owner, operator, partner. I am Totally Random Shez.

One response to “214Days #152 Colorado Horses”

  1. Xandré Verkes says :

    I am not fond of riding – mostly because I always seem to get the difficult horse – the one who wants to eat the whole time, or run the whole time or…… & I prefer urban environments — (somehow my sinuses seem to dislike fresh country air??) — 😉 **

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