by Wildcat Dianne
December 13, 2002
My sister Erika, Dad, and I went on one of these trips in 1990. Before we got started, my sister Erika had a heck of a time getting on her horse and Dad and I had to keep from laughing as the horse tried to take off when Erika tried to mount him or her. There were two German tourists waiting to go on the trip, too, and if my little knowledge of German was right, they were making fun of my poor sister.
The ride was great and with lots of memories. My horse''s name was Louis, and he constantly stopped to go to the bathroom and eat grass. I fell behind many times because of Louis. I had the camera for my family and everytime Dad saw a coyote or elk he would yell, "Take a picture! Take a picture! Hurry!" Trying to control a horse and take a picture at the same time is not easy, but I managed to get some good shots of the scenery and wildlife, but unfortunately did not see Yogi or Boo Boo Bear.
Unfortunately, when my family and I were in Yellowstone, we did not get to go on a horseback tour that had the picnic dinner included because it was sold out. My Mom and Dad went the year before and went on the dinner ride, and they said the food and coffee were great.
Make sure that you can handle riding on a horse for about 2-3 hours before you decide to go on the trip. If not, there are bus tours for those with less fragile butts.
From journal Majestic Yellowstone