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Fall Horseback Riding in Soldier Hollow

It’s important to try new things. Neither Emilie or I had been horseback riding since we were children, so when we had the opportunity to go for a tour in Soldier Hollow near Park City, Utah, we thought it was a great idea.
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We arrived at the ranch around 9am for the first ride of the morning, which was to last about 2 hours.
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It was a quaint little lodge under cover of large trees with a corral in front.
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We were each assigned horses. Here’s Emilie with hers. We were told her horse was easy to ride and obedient.
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My horse, on the other hand, was old and ornery.
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The scenery alternated between the famously barren Utah landscape….

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…and groves of trees bright with the colors of fall. I’ve never seen anywhere as colourful as Utah in the fall.
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We ascended a long gradual hillside in the still quiet morning, enjoying the scenery. It was quite peaceful and relaxing.
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At the top we stopped at the Crow’s Nest (said to be the original hunting camp of the Ute Indian tribe) for a quick break and to take some photos. Far off in the distance we spotted a moose grazing on a hillside.
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On the way back down, the sunlight streaming through the dust kicked up by our horses made for some beautiful photos like this one of Emilie.
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And this one taken by Emilie.
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Here I am, back at the ranch after the ride, looking goofy and awkward on my horse.
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It was a great morning. But, the ride was over, so it was time to hang up our spurs and head into town for some lunch. In celebration of our newfound cowboyness, I suggested we get “a mess o’ vittles”.

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6 Responses to Fall Horseback Riding in Soldier Hollow

  1. Cathy Sweeney October 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    What beautiful country for horseback riding. Beautiful fall pics. Hope your ornery horse didn’t give you too much trouble. 🙂

  2. Lillie October 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Such lovely, almost angelic photos!!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Dani Blanchette October 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Beautiful photos. For someone so close to Utah (2 hours) i still haven’t been. I think once I get my car fixed up a bit, if the weather is still nice enough I should go there.

    P.s. I LOVE your horses model pose. Very haute couture.

    • Matt Gibson November 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Thanks Dani! If your car is working you should totally stop by!

  4. Abby November 6, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Stunning!! Those fall colors are unbelievable. I went horseback riding for the first time recently since I was a kid. I was less brave than you!

    • Matt Gibson November 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      It must have looked pretty similar to here except maybe a few less trees?

      Actually, I have no idea what I’m talking about. I’ve only driven through Nevada once, and have never been to Vegas 😉

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