It’s not every day you lead a horse to water. The phrase rolls across my mind, making me smile, as I ride a dappled Appaloosa named Van Gogh straight into the middle of a pond. Saddled atop Van Gogh, cowgirl-boot deep in the cool water, my smile breaks into laughter watching this gentle giant gleefully stomp and splash beneath the blazing Texas sun.
I’ll admit I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, but I feel confident under the adept guidance of equine expert Jon Joseph, who leads the one-of-a-kind equestrian experiences that unfold at The JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa. Joseph assures me, shouting from the shoreline, that Van Gogh is relishing his refreshing dip — an impromptu diversion on our hot and dusty, cactus-riddled trail ride. And truth be told, I am, too.
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