Peak Foliage From Horseback

By Terry Golson

I know that this is my second blogpost in a row about the fall colors here, but that’s where the drama is! Some years the colors tend to brown, or a storm knocks off the leaves before their time. For trees to achieve optimum color the weather has to be cold at night and warm during the day. We’ve had that. Sugar maples turn first and become beacons of blazing orange. Other species are shocking yellow.  Some, like oaks, tend towards dull and don’t even start that until late in the season. The oaks and the pine trees provide a backdrop for the shining stars. This week the maples are at peak and it’s as if the world outside has suddenly switched to technicolor.

There are plenty of places to view fall foliage. In my opinion the best is to stay near home and see it from the back of my horse.

Come join us!


Tonka is wearing his orange ear bonnet because it’s hunting season and it’s supposed to help us stand out. But this year he blends right in. I did not photoshop the colors to be brighter in this picture. It really and truly looks like this.


Not all of the scenery is brilliant. You can see what the drought has done to this field. It shouldn’t be crunchy and brown.


But it’s a good place for a trot.


What’s the view like from where you’re sitting?


12 thoughts on “Peak Foliage From Horseback

  • Rebecca Stedman

    Tonka looks very Dapper in his Fall attire! Beautiful Fall finally here…Thank Goodness!
    Colors here in the Great Smoky Mts starting to come along. Better color in the high elevations.

  • Gin

    The very best way to see fall colors is definitely from the back of a horse!
    I love the second picture looking out over Tonka’s ears at the pretty yellow and red trees.
    In the trotting video Tonka looks like he has recovered nicely from his coffin joint problems.

  • Shaste

    Beautiful! I grew up in PA and spent several years in CO, I really miss the colors in both states. Western WA generally turns brown aside fron the ornamental trees. We even have a grove of aspens on our property and they just go from green to bare. However we got 4 inches of desperately needed rain last week so the pastures are turning green again! Hooray!

  • John Schaller

    I love Tonka’s orange bonnet and saddle pad! He also looks perfectly content with his bit in that last shot.

    I can’t see them from where I’m sitting, but we have the aspens turning yellow in the mountains outside of Vegas right now, and then will get a second color season with the cottonwoods in town towards the end of year. We will get a few reds in the mountains, also. We have been very dry here, but the wild horses outside of town seem to be keeping good condition since their herd numbers were reduced again last year in a gather.

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