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The Cowgirl Diaries: A Roundup (geddit?)

This is my final Cowgirl Diaries post! My six month long crazy Canadian cowgirl adventure went faster than I could have imagined and I learned more than I thought possible. Below is a round up of really cool things (and not of cows or horses) that I did during my travels throughout Alberta and British… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A Roundup (geddit?)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl vaults and discovers Maple Snow (Kelowna and the Ookanagan)

My final ranch was a curly horse breeding, training and lesson ranch. I mentioned curly horses in my Calgary Stampede post and really enjoyed learning more about this fascinating breed! Curly horses are bred with a special fur that is hypoallergenic meaning that people who are usually allergic to horses can be around curlies with… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl vaults and discovers Maple Snow (Kelowna and the Ookanagan)

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A weekend in: Whistler, British Columbia (Even if you don’t ski!)

I left my final Cowgirl Diaries ranch 11 days before my flight out of Canada, giving myself enough time to explore a little more of British Columbia and really travel. It was early December and I desperately needed to see snow so, after a short stop back in Vancouver to drop my luggage, I caught… Continue reading A weekend in: Whistler, British Columbia (Even if you don’t ski!)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: Why do they call it rain-couver? A sunny week in Vancouver, BC

After my first cowgirl experience in the Rocky Mountains I rewarded myself with four days at the mall. After my second cowgirl experience I decided to reward myself with a week in a different city: Vancouver. Transport  I arrived in the city after a 16 hour greyhound bus journey (which was actually really beautiful, I… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: Why do they call it rain-couver? A sunny week in Vancouver, BC

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl learns to two-step (Medicine Lodge Rodeo)

I’ve already written two posts about rodeos so far, but this is the Cowgirl Diaries after all so I figure it can deal with a few more rodeo mentions! With rodeo season almost over, I jumped at the chance to attend a much smaller and more authentic rodeo than the Calgary Stampede. The Medicine Lodge… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl learns to two-step (Medicine Lodge Rodeo)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl breaks horses, herds cows and cuddles puppies (Alberta, ranch no.2)

This ranch was a quarter horse breeding ranch, which gave me an opportunity I hadn’t had before: Working with and training green and unbroken horses.  Round Penning Firstly I was given a three year old gelding, called Chief, to work with and was taught all the fundamentals of round penning. Round penning is a training… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl breaks horses, herds cows and cuddles puppies (Alberta, ranch no.2)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A Cowgirl hits the mall (West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America!)

So after a month of trail riding and moving rocks in the Rockies, myself and my fellow Workawayer headed from the country into the city.  My first ranch was about four hours from Edmonton (that’s basically next door by Canadian distances) and one of our friends from the ranch gave us a ride into the… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A Cowgirl hits the mall (West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America!)