San Martin de Los Andes is a wonderful ski village in Argentina, surrounded by pine trees and mountains (usually snow capped, but in February it’s summer here). We had a small herd of wild horses come up to us while we were riding. They nuzzled our horses hello, then moved along to peacefully graze in their acres and acres of room to roam. These are very content horses.

Having said that, in the morning when we started, Mike’s horse was cold and wanted to run to warm up. At that moment, we were in a thick grove of deciduous trees with lots of dead branches at eye level. Every time Mike pulled back to slow down his horse, the horse would rear like crazy. To avoid being speared by the branches, Mike had to walk his horse through the forest. It was actually pretty dicey there for a while…these were not your typical nose-to-tail American tourist horses.

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