Just when I make a sweeping proclamation, I completely change my mind. I recently wrote on the Travel Chica’s site that I would never go horseback riding again.
But when in Montana…
I could not pass up the opportunity to ride a horse. This is cowboy country after all. I could not bear to be a city girl and snub my nose at it. I tried to look at the upside to riding a horse through the countryside, it meant I didn’t have to hike it!
I’ll admit I don’t like being on horses because I don’t want to fall off one. Yes I’m afraid. But I don’t like to admit being scared and I had the perfect shirt for horseback riding so I went with it.
The story of Bitter Creek Outfitters makes you feel good about entrepreneurs. It isn’t a dude ranch built for tourism but principally a cattle ranch that’s been around since the 40s. Steve owns it and his daughter Theresa worked in tourism for years and realized instead of working for others on ranches built specifically for tourism she could bring people to a real cattle ranch.
It’s Theresa’s third summer and group size stays small with no more than six. She gave me “Yellow” to ride, a horse she promised she would feel comfortable putting a 5-year old on, which is good because clearly I’m a baby.
It was a really nice leisurely ride mostly chatting, no galloping and only trotting a few times when Yellow needed to catch up to the group.
I should realize to never say never because I loved the ride and the views I wouldn’t have seen in a car. But something is very disconcerting…
Is Montana making an outdoors girl out of me?
Disclosure: I was a guest of Visit Montana, they did not ask that I write a favourable review. In fact they said I didn’t have to ride the horse, but seriously who goes to Montana without riding a horse? It’s the best way to meet cowboys!