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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Saddle up for a Western adventure


Anyone who has ever watched a Western will probably have thought that aside from the endless gun battles and having to constantly avenge people’s deaths, life on the range looks like fun – riding around on a horse, enjoying the scenery and getting in touch with nature before tucking into some delicious campfire cooked food. Well, you don’t have to go all the way to the United States and sign up as a cowboy to enjoy this kind of fun, with a Western Horse Ride and Barbecue you can live life on the range for a day without having to worry about rustlers or saddle sores.
The setting for your personal Western Cowboy experience is the New Forest, an oasis of calm in the south east and home to a glorious array of wildlife including several species of rare birds, all three species of native British snakes and lots of grazing cattle, ponies and donkeys. Alongside the instantly recognisable New Forest Ponies, these forest dwellers all add to the character of the area, making a western riding experience a great chance to get back to nature and spot some creatures that aren’t common to other areas of the UK.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a regular saddle slinger or a complete novice – everyone will have a chance to learn the basics of horse riding and put your skills to the test in the safety of the arena before being let loose in the forest, so a western horse riding experience is ideal for people with any level of experience with horses. You will also be using western saddles, the style which are used on working horses on genuine cattle ranches in the United States, and are easily recognised as the same style as those used in films and rodeos. They are specially designed for comfort as they are made for people who spend long days in the saddle, so even if you’re not a regular in the saddle you won’t find yourself walking like John Wayne after your western horse riding experience.
So if you know someone who would love a chance to experience the Wild West for themselves and would enjoy a classic cowboy experience of getting into the saddle for a ride through the New Forest followed by a barbecue cookout, then a western horse ride with barbecue experience is a great gift idea and one which is sure to have them feeling like a genuine cowboy.

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