Aug 22 2012
Central Oregon horseback riding vacation
What is it about girls and their connection with horses? It’s like paperclips being drawn to a magnet; the connection is strong and steady, until ZAP! they are bonded as one. Sunriver Stables is an ideal place to connect with your inner cowboy, or cowgirl be it through volunteering with the horses, leading a pony around the corral, enjoying a scenic horseback ride or attending horse camp.
Cowgirls and horses
As we patiently waited behind the fence watching the wranglers select our horses for a trail ride, you could feel the excitement building in Olivia McNalley. Henry Dahlberg of Prescott, Arizona had brought his 12-year-old grand daughter back for her third horseback riding vacation at Sunriver Stables. Olivia had been strongly hinting that she would love for her grandparents to keep a horse on their property. Henry saw a two hour trail ride with Olivia as a better compromise.
Horseback riding in Deschutes National Forest
We saddled up with a wrangler in front of us and a wrangler at the end of the line. We rode our horses by the Deschutes river, over Cardinal Landing Bridge and into the Deschutes National Forest. Home to deer, elk, bobcats, hawks and owls, among other creatures, we rode in harmony with nature and little clouds of late summer dust. The horses weaved through Ponderosa pine and manzanita until the sky opened up for non-stop views from atop Ramsey Ridge.
Sunriver Stables well behaved horses
The Sunriver Stables horses are so well behaved that I had trouble asking my horse, Fargo, to step out of line for a photograph.
If You Go:
Sunriver Stables (541) 593-6995
17600 Center Dr. Sunriver, OR 97707
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Photos, YouTube video and article by Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip. I was a guest of Sunriver Stables.