On our last day in Montana, we went on a two-hour trail ride. The last time we rode horses in Montana, our youngest was just a baby and couldn’t go with us. This time, she was old enough for her first adventure on horseback. Wanda, the owner of Paintbrush Adventures, is a childhood friend of my Better Half and took great care of us once again.
Below are some of my favorite shots from the day. What do you think? For the record, it’s harder than it sounds for an inexperienced rider like me to take photographs on horseback. Have you ever given it a try?
Trail Ride Photo #1. Buttercups in the foreground and the Beartooth Mountains in the background.
Trail Ride Photo #2. This was one of three dogs that helped herd the horses and that accompanied us on the whole ride.
Trail Ride Photo #3. Scott helps Sofia take “Puddin'” out of the corral and over to be brushed and saddled.
Trail Ride Photo #4. Sofia brushes “Puddin'” while Wanda monitors her progress.
Trail Ride Photo #5. “Puddin'” is all saddled up and waiting for a rider.
Trail Ride Photo #6. Wanda’s husband, Tini, and a young helper get Sofia settled on “Puddin'”.
Trail Ride Photo #7. Sofia is set to go!
Trail Ride Photo #8. The horse experts decided it would be best if Sofia’s horse was lead on the ride. Since Tini was leading the group and Sofia’s horse, the littlest rider enjoyed being the “line leader” on our journey, something that is a big, darn deal to a Kindergartener!
Trail Ride Photo #9. Between the Stillwater River and the Beartooth Mountains, our two-hour ride was full of spectacular scenery.
Trail Ride Photo #10. The pink John Deere boots off the farm.
Trail Ride Photo #11. Scott joked that Sofia looked like a little jockey. When I see this pic, that’s all I can see!
Trail Ride Photo #12. The horses wait to be unsaddled, get a snack, and head back into the corral.
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