West­ern Life Is the Best Life

Horse & Rider - - Saddle Chat -

Ed­i­tor’s note: In the De­cem­ber is­sue, we of­fered more than 50 rea­sons to love West­ern horse life and asked you to share what you cher­ish about your horse life. Here are three an­swers. I love my West­ern horse life be­cause when I go camp­ing with friends to Cold­wa­ter Equestrian Cen­ter in Black­wa­ter River State For­est, Mun­son, Florida, we sad­dle up and ride out for hours on beau­ti­ful lon­gleaf pine for­est trails. We cross the long, wind­ing Cold­wa­ter Creek where the horses get a cool drink, and we do a photo shoot. Upon re­turn­ing to camp, we un­sad­dle, take care of our trusted horses, and head to the trail­ers for lunch and a short nap. Then we do it all over again!

Me­lanie Beiser I’m a 68-year-old bucka­roo, born on a ranch out­side Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia. At my age, I have many rea­sons to love my West­ern life. The coun­try song “God Must Be a Cow­boy” has a line that says, “He made grass and trees and moun­tains and a horse to be a friend.” This rings true in my life. Randy Gafner I start my day with a smile as I look out my kitchen win­dow while en­joy­ing my first sip of cof­fee and see my two horses con­tent­edly munch­ing on grass in the pas­ture. Price­less.

Ann Hopta

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