“He’s a busy boy,” replies Head Wrangler Dee Steed as he smiles in reference to the bay horse who is hopping up and down on his front hooves, still tied to the hitching post.
Indeed, Snickers is like the Energizer Bunny hyped up on caffeine. Snickers is a gorgeous seven-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse and, like most adolescent teenagers, he is raring to go.
The three ladies are mounted on our horses and ready to move out behind our wrangler wearing his custom cowboy hat. Steed settles into the saddle and loosens his reins, all the motion that is needed to send Snickers moving forward.
We are off to ride the Bootlegger Trail by way of Oasis Canyon. Typically, an all-day ride for well conditioned Quarter Horses, today we are riding Tennessee Walkers and they will be up the canyon and back before the lunch bell rings. What a wonderful way to spend a day on a horseback riding vacation. In fact, one of the riders accompanying us was on a horseback riding holiday all the way from England.
Busting Broncs to Herding City Slickers
A professional bronc rider on the rodeo circuit, I asked Steed if he preferred cows and wild horses to chaperoning guests on a horseback riding vacation. With a sheepish grin, Steed replied that he liked guiding folks from the Kay El Bar Ranch on trail rides. I’m sure the fact that he is fed home cooked meals three times a day doesn’t hurt either.
Cowboy Dee Steed takes guests on horseback riding vacations at the Kay El Bar Ranch