“Dig your heels in and lean back” said my friend Blue just before we descended the steepest part of the ridge on horseback. I grabbed the back of my saddle with my left hand and tightened up on the reins with my right.
The irony of her giving me a property tour on horseback was not lost on me. Seven years ago our roles were reversed. She walked into my real estate office, a tourist on a fact-finding mission for property, and I took her horseback riding with Donn Wilson through the eco-inspired community of Las Fincas de Escamequita.
Even back then, she traveled with her cowboy boots.
But this ride was different. There were no lot lines, clean-cut horse trails or vehicle access roads. I had to trust the horse’s footing because I could not see the ground beneath the thick brush.
We were on a “vision ride”. She had a crystal clear vision for the future of the land and I hoped to wrap my head around it.