Taos Horse Getaways

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend I had the distinct privilege of an ethereally (as in seeming to belong to another world) ephemeral (as in short-lived) weekend at Taos Horse Getaways  (which is really near Tres Piedras) three other women that I ride with.


The Pasque Flower (in the Ranunculus family) was the most abundant flower, but we just got lucky because they only bloom for a little while and then you don’t see them. Perhaps they are ephemeral?

“Ephemeral” was our word of the first day because the map said there were ephemeral streams–streams that are not year round, and that led us to “ethereal” because, well, they both have a lot of “e’s”, I guess.

We discussed using our campers because there are camper hook-ups at Taos Horse Getaways, but we went for the cabin rental because it was warmer and easier!

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The first day was sunny but windy.  The horse pens were generous in size, clean and Holly (the proprietress) had water buckets, good spigots and hose for us to use.

We unpacked and tacked up for a five-ish mile ride in the adjacent Carson National Forest.  Near the end of the ride, we came back onto the property, took this picture, and headed back to the trailer.  But then we decided we hadn’t ridden in the wind enough, so we traversed the ranch and went out the other side.


Holly has the gates set up so they are easy to open and shut on horseback!

On the other side, we got into some cool rocks and so we tied up and went to see some views.




Trees growing between two big slabs of rock.


Me and Linda cracking ourselves up.

Then we retired to the cabin and drank (and ate).  It was not a weight losing trip.  The cabin was fully stocked with kitchen utensils and  had electricity, a wood stove and running water.  But this one has no bathroom or shower inside.  The outhouse is pretty upscale though!


One of Linda’s many talents is bar tending, so our strawberry margaritas were done right!

The next day, we plotted a 15 mile route and Siri programmed it in using the waypoints her husband had loaded into her GPS.

I had the paper map and she had the electronics.  She would tell us where we had to go next and I could see the big picture on the map.  We did not get all that lost.

Me, looking at the map:  I think we missed the turn.  (Our routes were not all clear trails.)

Siri, looking at the GPS: Yeah, waypoint 18 (or 5 or 21)  is that way! And she’d point in the correct direction.

This area of the Carson is a very open ponderosa forest so we were able to go cross country the times we got off course.  The combination of the GPS (and we had extra batteries) and the map with the waypoints marked on it , worked really well!


It also has a big elk population (though we did not see any live ones) and there was evidence of successful hunting.


There were three skeletons at this one site!

We did see some beautiful views and enjoyed the stock tanks where we heard a lot of frogs.  But as soon as we would get close, those amphibians would clam up and we never saw them.  Perhaps a frog blind would be in order!


Mary Ann on Tulip who is doing her moose impression.

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The last day was colder and we did an eight mile ride.


A little black in the sky but it was moving aways from us. Besides, we had gear!


Obligatory selfie, but my camera case is so dirty that all selfies now look like they were taken in dense fog!


The ride seemed way too short until at the very end, a west wind started to rush snow out of the clouds and we were glad to untack and get in the cabin to clean up until the weather blew by.  The horses had to stand out in it, but they didn’t seem to mind.


Lily decided rolling was the way to go!

That was a privilege! How great it is to have wonderful riding partners, good horses, and enough time and money to be able to do things like this!!

I highly recommend the location (Taos Horse Getaways). I have plans to go back in June with Jim, Siri and her husband Keith!

About BlogPatty

Here's the skinny: I have a thing for horses. They make sense to me. I have a small horse training business (it's a "boutique" training business, not because it's super fancy, but because the horses get a lot of personal attention). I also go by Dr. Wilber, and teach biology full-time at a Central New Mexico Community college.
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