Cruising Scottsdale on horseback

View of family riding horses on dusty trail from the back
“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.” ~ Sharon Ralls Lemon

Although you’ll likely find more luxury auto dealers here than in any other city in Arizona, Scottsdale considers itself a horse town. So much so, that Scottsdale officials recently found themselves in a tussle with the nearby town of Cave Creek for title of the “West’s Most Western Town.”

While the debate may never be settled officially, Scottsdale definitely has these bragging rights:

  • Westworld Equestrian Center
  • Over a dozen commercial horse ranches
  • A network of horse trails through many neighborhoods
  • Horse-friendly city ordinances

The group pictured above took to horseback on a beautiful November afternoon at MacDonald’s Ranch in North Scottsdale.

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