When I started out on my trail ride on a scorching day with temps well into the 90s, I didn’t know I would be riding from Wyoming to Colorado. What I did know — according to the trail leader — was that along the way we could possibly see wildlife which might make the horses skittish enough to spook.

The last word of advice before we set out: “If you see a rattlesnake, well (hesitating) ... try to avoid it.”

Um ... right.

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