Find your "angry man voice"!
For many of you who have come to camp with guest groups or as a camper in summer, you've no doubt come on a trail ride. As you've probably experienced you walk down to the barn on a bright sunny day (or maybe rainy, or snowy depending on when you come), sit through a very informative pre-ride, grab a helmet (gotta protect those noggins, am I right?), wait eagerly as horses get assigned, finally get to mount your horse, and then you're off! What you may not know is all of the behind the scenes action that goes on before you even get to the barn and after you leave. We would love to invite you to walk through a day in the life of a wrangler!
The day usually starts with the ever unpleasant ringing of your alarm in the wee hours of the morning (sometimes as early as 6am...geh), rolling out of bed and then out the door to walk down to the barn – this often requires walking through a tunnel of darkness then emerging out into the open field in front of the barn. You are usually greeted by the other wranglers as you approach the barn and the constant meows from Prince and Ember (our mouse hunting kitties) to be fed. Then you're off to herd in the horses, which requires using your deepest and angriest man voice (especially if you're a girl) to get the horses moving across the field. On the plus side, as you herd you get to see the amazing sun rise that paints the sky. Once you're back at the barn with all of the horses it's time to bring in the trail string – which are the horses that you, our guests get to ride – and get them ready for the day. As you might have guessed, getting 15-20 horses ready every day can be quite the task and can get pretty repetitive day after day. To keep things entertaining - we might have races as we pick, brush, and saddle. Things can get pretty competitive when it comes to getting the horses ready, but it just means that we can get done faster and head off to eat some much deserved breakfast.
|Faves herding on Cruz (is the Wrangler guilty of|
Love Faves (Kathrina)