I just got back from a photo workshop I led in Arizona on horseback. We rode a total of 6 days (four for the workshop) and rode about 50 hours all total. The weather was great although I would have preferred better skies for photos at time. The horses my outfitter provided were awesome and the company was great. We rode trails some and cut cross country some too. A few of us in the group were very experienced and a few were first time horseback riders. They learned how to trust their mount and saw the value of a tried and true trail horse. I would hate to see some of the show horses I know out on these trails!
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and ideas for riding in the desert, they came in handy and I made it through with only ONE cactus spine in me and none in my horse!!!! Surprisingly, even with the amount of cross country riding we did we only heard one rattlesnake although the outfitter and wrangler saw three in a different area while leggin up the horses before I got down there. Too bad, I kind of hoped to see one. I can't wait to go back and do it again!
Enjoy the pics!