Horseback riding at MacDonald’s Ranch

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This blog experience was made possible through the support of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. All thoughts, opinions, and comments are those of Fit, Fun & Delish.

MacDonald’s Ranch
26540 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343

Do you have a bucket list? I actually have one that still has many things on it that I need to accomplish. Horseback riding is on my list and I can finally check mark that one. Can you believe this is the first time I got on a horse? I wanted to do a fun group activity for this blog series and horseback riding was the perfect one! This was a great way to spend time outdoors enjoying the last few weeks of beautiful cool weather before the hot summer months.

Some people LOVE the heat and if that’s your thing then you can still enjoy this activity during the summer. There are several ranches in Scottsdale that provide horseback riding and MacDonald’s Ranch is one of the them. I’m glad we chose this one as it was a very authentic. There are some time restrictions for summer hours so be sure to check them out HERE to plan your day accordingly.

When we arrived we were greeted by our host & hostess dressed in cowboy clothes and we proceeded to fill out some paper work on safety and such. One thing to note is that you are not allowed to carry anything around your neck. No bags and no cameras. When I heard that I almost had a heart attack! What? no cameras? That meant I could not document the ride for this blog. I could photograph the property but when it was time to ride the horses I would have to put my big ol’ DSLR away. However, they said I could use my iPhone during the ride. Phew!:)

After riding the horses I understand the policy of no big cameras. Besides safety, there was no way I could take photos with my big camera with one hand… I need both! How was I going to direct the horse with no hands? ;). So listen people, learn from me and do not bring a big camera or any bags with you okay?:)

Now let’s talk about about our ride:

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My nieces LOVE horses and they were glad they could get close to pet them and enjoy their beauty. As you can see they have a lot of horses and could easily accommodate large groups.

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Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G E

Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G E

The Ranch is like a real old western town. Filled with details that transport you to those times.

Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G E
Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G E
Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G E
Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G EHere is our group getting a brief introduction to the Ranch and some other details. We were told which horse we were going to ride and the horses name. My horse was “Vegas”!

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Each person gets a mini lesson on how to control the horse if need be. I was getting a little nervous as I had never been on a horse….. what if it takes off and starts galloping so fast I can’t control it? Pffft, if my niece can control a horse so can I. Right? Okay at this point my fears went away LOL!

All photos from this point on were take with my iPhone…. not bad right? I was so happy about that.

Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G EOur cowboy offered to take our group photo so we have this wonderful moment for a keepsake. (I’m the one in pink 😉 )
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Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G EThe Sonoran Desert is truly a wonderful sight to enjoy! I have a new appreciation for cactus. I had been indifferent to them up until this ride. Funny how we take things for granted that we see every day. So beautiful! Being in the open, away from the city, and “experiencing nature” puts me in a complete different mindset. How about you?
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Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G E
Horseback riding at MacDonaldP I N_______I M A G E

I hope you enjoy a ride in the desert! If you do in the future or already have, let me know what you think and how your experience was. For me, I think I’m ready to ride a horse galloping on a beach:)

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  • 05/15/2014 - 10:56 am

    caren - your photography is AMAZING. Are you self taught or did you go to school for it?ReplyCancel

    • 05/15/2014 - 1:18 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Caren! Thanks so much! I’m pretty much self taught other than the 2 day portrait photography workshop I took back in 2004 :). It’s still a work in progress! xo, anaReplyCancel

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