Horseback Canyon Ride in New Mexico with Stacy Westfall

We started out this ride on the road where we parked the horse trailer but soon we were following an arroyo, a dry river bed, to find our way to this old homestead. Most of this was filmed on BLM land.

We have been staying in New Mexico at Kiva RV Park and Horse Motel which is owned by Robert and Diane Wiltshire. Diane volunteered to be our tour guide and I am so glad that she did, especially on this day.

Newt DID do some of the filming…both from on his head and from on his girth…motion sickness warning for that part, lol.

I have to admit that before riding here I was just thinking of New Mexico as a stop on the way to Arizona and California but now I can see why it is called the land of enchantment. Diane also gave us a book, Saddle Up, New Mexico: The Statewide Horse Trail and Travel GuideI think she is trying to tempt us into coming back..and I think it is working!


  1. Linda Poulin on January 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I loved watching you both on this ride into the canyon in New Mexico. It was interesting to see that part of the country through your video. The old homestead was an amazing “find”. It makes me wonder what brought the inhabitants there in the first place & what adventures they had while living in that area. Life must have been very hard! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Bonnie M. Butler on January 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Such a great place to ride. Would love to visit there but I doubt it will ever happen. Would definitely take my Appaloosa. Great area to train a horse.
    Keep these video’s coming, they are so very interesting.

  3. Stacy on January 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    If you view them on Youtube instead of directly on the blog does that work? Follow this link:

  4. Leonie on January 14, 2015 at 5:15 am

    That was a great video!
    Looked like a lot of fun. I visited some similar but not that isolated places in Arizona a couple years ago but unfortunately not by horse…
    Didn’t your boys want to come?

    • Stacy on January 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      They hiked the canyon with us the day before and chose not to go this day:)

  5. Sandy Hanington on January 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Loved the video! I had to google Arroyo…lol. And wow…getting to see an old homestead made the ride even better. I think I could be happy in the west! BTW, I bet your QH could out walk my TWH any day! Memphis never gets in a hurry and I like it like way. Thank you for taking us along on your ride!

  6. Martina Braden on January 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Keep your adventures coming. I enjoy watching the videos of places you have been. I would like to go horseback riding SOMEWHERE??? I have not decided which state would be the best place. I would not bring my horses, I would have to use theirs. Do you have or does anyone have any ideas where my husband and I could stay and ride for a few days?

  7. Arlene Edwards on January 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Would have been really cool to have a metal detector and see what you might have found at the old homestead.

  8. Linda Beem on January 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for the ride! I haven’t been on a horse since this last May, after a terrible accident. Long story, (in short), new horse over backwards on top of me, helicopter ride & 3 weeks in the hospital. I had rode my whole life and then at 64 years old,I was using a wheel chair and a walker. I had a lot of healing and therapy to do. I’m now back to a much slower paced normal. Most people say, “You aren’t going to ride anymore are you?” And I say, “No, I guess not.” Your ride was just exactly what I remember I loved so much about being on a horse. That was my kind of horse love, no competition, no show ring, just going along enjoying the scenery. The old homestead was unbelievable, what a place to end up.What a place to live, back in the DAY. Perhaps sometime I will come across a gentle horse, a good ole soul of a horse, that would still enjoy a quiet ride or two with an ole soul of a woman. Perhaps.

  9. qhorsenut on January 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    We rode a couple of arroyos when riding north of Cabo San Lucas before finding the Pacific ocean. It was beautiful.

  10. Judy Dutton on January 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Awsome Vidoe that would be a ride of a lifetime.

  11. Lynn Brooks on January 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I have asked myself that same question over the years, how did the first pioneers decide where to stop? Unlike the previous comment I would love to live in a remote location….seems a lot like heaven. Newts ears and cam are too adorable 🙂 Love this and love New Mexico thank you for sharing!

  12. Darlene on January 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Interesting ride. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to live in such a desolate area, but perhaps they were gold miners or something. Our ancestors were a hardy lot….Newt seemed to find the ride interesting also….watching his ears perk as he saw things….perhaps he will write an article on his experience????????????

  13. delahny charbonneau on January 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Hi, Stacy – nothing like riding in the high country, huh. What breed of horse was Diane riding?

    • Stacy on January 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      A Walking horse…Newt learned that walking with a walker-is a workout!

      • delahny on January 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        Thought so, by the footprints. I could tell that the spotted horse had an overstride while Newt didn’t. Yea, they CAN give a trotting horse rider a workout. ‘Course, we TWH riders just sit back and enjoy!!!

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