Ethan

However, I totally failed to find acceptable cowboy boots.

I've just spent 2 hours on horseback, ambling along up a trail to a ridgetop, along it, and back down again. There were a couple of fun stream crossings in the middle. It was a total dude ranch ride: no actual horsemanship was required of me. My job was to stay on Clancy's back and not make his horsey life miserable. If I could manage that, he'd manage getting along the trail without any undue fuss. We reached an understanding, and I stayed hoof-side down the whole ride. (I didn't fall off the jetski either. Clearly it's time to try riding something exciting.)

This was important research. I haven't ridden since I was a kid, and that was on English tack instead of Western. But now I know what I need to know for mumble mumble Ethan mumble. I think he's going to swear at Giles a lot. Possibly at the horse as well. At the man who invented the concept of riding. The cow that died to make the saddle. You know.

PS: wide_rider, I don't seem to have your email address anywhere handy. I just pinged ladyforash with a potential plan for Monday lunch.
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Horses are very enjoyable to ride, but not the same kind of thrill as motorcycles or jetskis. :)

Sorry, I thought you had my new info. Now you do. See ya soon!