4 star rating
7 August 2017
As a regular rider/competitor the riding experience was as I expected, laid back on mediocre horses with mediocre welfare.The views were breath taking, the wranglers were pleasant but there only to tack up etc and to be followed rather than to add information etc about where we were riding, albeit they were happy to answer questions etc. The bits were severe, as expected , not suitable for unstable riders. Shoes, for the first two days were loose, farrier came after we had commented! Horses stood, tacked up most of the day with no shelter from the flies and blazing sun! On the longer rides the horses were tugging to get to the water troughs which were empty or too foul to drink, poor, poor horses! I didn't feel happy riding them . The rodeo night was clearly their fun night, sadly not for the poor horses who had 'flank straps tightly pulled' in order to buck. Disgraceful ! Couldn't watch it. the other parts of the 'show' were slightly more acceptable. Then for some unknown reason, nobody wanted to explain, they chased the poor horses standing in the pens to make them really agitated. (In The Saddle - we are very sorry to read that there were elements of the horse welfare not acceptable to you. Rodeos are a highlight for many visitors to the USA, but we agree that they can appear harsh).