Christian Styles, Katy Little
In this photo taken on Monday, April 21, 2014, tourist Christian Styles, right, and Katy Little, left, both of Des Moines, Iowa, ride at Sombrero Ranches riding stables in Estes Park, Colo. Styles is on Joker, a Belgian draft horse, while Little rides Dodge, a quarter horse. The outfit uses draft horses along with quarter horses for tourists. The bigger horses are better able to handle the mountainous terrain as well as heavy riders. Stables across the West are employing more of the larger draft horses to accommodate people who have gotten heavier in recent years. P Solomon Banda/The Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:56 am
Updated: 9:43 am, Thu Apr 24, 2014.
BOISE, Idaho — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.
The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don’t lose out on income from potential customers of any size who come out to get closer to the West of yesteryear.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:56 am.
Updated: 9:43 am.