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When I was around eight years old there was an unfortunate incident involving a boot stuck in a stirrup and head banging on the ground after a horse bolted while I was still on it. Today, thanks to South Westland Horse Treks I conquered my fear of all things equine.

Jen and Jeremy let me tag along on a one-hour trek. Luckily I was given Floyd, who had the dimensions and personality of an overstuffed armchair. He was quite happy to have me sit on his back (like a sack of spuds) and my biggest problem was trying to stop him snacking. Together with Jen’s instruction and careful group management I actually managed to enjoy myself!

I discovered that that Glacier Country really does take on a unique perspective when riding in a western saddle, and there is the added bonus of something to hold onto even when you trot. Yes, I managed to jiggle along and stay upright. We rode down Docherty’s Creek, completed two river crossings and wandered through the hobbit forest. Vicky, who was the most experienced rider in our group even went for a canter on the way home.

By the time we got back to the ranch, Floyd and I had become best of friends.... Would I go again? Believe it or not Yes! Maybe not for the six-hour trek, but, I definitely think I’m ready for the half day.

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