Ben the Horse (Credit: James Callan)
The weather couldn’t have been better in the Greenbelt last weekend and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on a two-hour horseback ride in Dufferin County with Rawhide Adventures on Peace Valley Ranch.
Situated almost on top of the Niagara Escarpment, our trip took us along rolling fields of land that were originally farmed in the late 1800s by Irish settlers. Some of these pastures are currently home to a herd of a hundred head of cattle, all part of the Rawhide experience. We set out on our adventure mid-afternoon, following a few riding pointers on the practice barrel.
(The following photos are courtesy of Rawhide Adventures)
Our group's horseback riding experience was varied, and our fearless leader Crusty was quick to point out and break any bad habits we may have picked up in the past. We were reminded throughout the ride anytime those bad habits popped up with a smile. A great learning experience, especially for those with some previous riding experience.
Not only was our ride stunningly beautiful, it was also educational. From our riding posture and form to the surrounding land. In fact, Peace Valley Ranch is very close to the proposed mega quarry near Melancthon Township.
Our views from the top of the escarpment were stunning from all vantage points. We rode through the hills, found the herd of cattle and there was even a rumour that the bull was spotted. It was a real ranch experience. Our horses Ben, Travis, Ziggy and Stella were extremely well trained and we had to be too. We all found that the experience exceeded our expectations.
When we returned from our ride MJ, Crusty’s wife, had prepared a lovely barbecue of fresh Peace Valley Ranch hamburgers, salads and juice. We had worked up an appetite so this was much appreciated by all.
Despite my obvious allergy to horses (I was sneezing the entire time!) I will go back. It was a true Greenbelt experience that reminded me why we are so lucky to live in a country that protects and values its resources.
Thank you to Crusty, MJ, Nikki and Sophie for their hospitality and horseback riding tips. It was an experience that I won’t soon forget.
A few glamour shots of our fearless leader, Carl "Crusty" Cosack (cred: James Callan)
Visit www.rawhideadventures.ca to book your summer riding adventure.
- Julienne Spence, Acting Communications Director