On every vacation Andy and I take, we like to mix free activities with pricier ones. For our camping weekend in South Dakota, we decided our splurge would be a horseback ride through the Badlands.
Unlike most national and state parks, the Badlands allows private horseback tour guides to bring their horses onto their land– which gave us a more authentic horseback riding experience than the typical “nose to tail” trail rides you go on. We opted to go horseback riding through Hurley Butte Horseback Riding, which I knew was totally legit when I discovered they didn’t have a website and the directions to their place were “between mile markers 11 and 12, take a right at the old rusty car.”
My horse was named Alice, and Andy’s was named Cowpoke… aka Pokey. Pokey was pokey for a reason…. that boy just wanted to walk soooo slow and needed some guidance! My Alice loved to pick up the speed on occasion, which was a real treat for me!
The neatest thing on our trip, besides the actual horseback riding, was doing so with a real rancher! Our guide, Marshall, was very close in age to Andy and me and very passionate about his ranching! It was so neat to hear his stories; it definitely helped educate me! So much work goes into that package of ground beef I can easily pick up at the grocery store, and now I’m more thankful for ranchers who do their jobs so that we can have yummy foods on our tables!
(PS Our rancher had two ranch dogs that I almost took home with me! I loved them to pieces. Andy… not so much!)
We both had a wonderful time horseback riding, and truthfully, I didn’t want our tour to end! It was so amazing riding on the backs of such majestic creatures and looking at the beautiful creation that God created!
Take a ride across the Badlands; feel that freedom on your face, breathe in all that open space
-Flyover States by Jason Aldean
Have you ever been horseback riding?