The Prairies have a beauty all their own … You feel like you’re discovering something for the first time. You ride over a ridge and look down into an empty coulee, and it’s easy to imagine seeing Sitting Bull and 5,000 Sioux because it just hasn’t changed.
Seeing wildlife up close really makes the ride for me. Animals like deer or moose aren’t alarmed by horses. They just look at them and think, “There goes a giant deer with a parasite on its back.” You can get quite close.
The people who come on rides with us, you can tell this would be their dream lifestyle. They’re making their money in some other field, but they spend it by riding in the mountains. The smiles on their faces and the conversations around the fire tell you they’re envious. Frankly, I’d be jealous of me, too. —as told to Shelley Arnusch