Saturday, December 21, 2019

12 Life Lessons I Learned as a Rocky Mountain Horse Guide - Full Article

What I learned from keeping guests happy, laughing, and (more or less) on their horses

Caelan Beard
December 18 2019

Many of us, at some point in our horse careers, end up as trail guides.
Whether it’s taking out guests occasionally at your regular riding stable, or a summer job at a destination ranch, that first time you lead a ride can be a bit scary.

It can also teach you some surprising lessons about life, horses, and yourself

Here’s what I picked up on the trail while keeping people entertained, on their horses, and (pretty much) all in one piece.

1. Learn to ride backwards
Because you’re going to spend 90% of your time twisted around, trying to watch everyone at once and make sure that none of your first-time, unbalanced riders are about to topple off their mounts.

Life lesson: The path forward goes more smoothly when you keep potential problems in your peripheral vision...

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