Palomino Joy

Palomino Joy is one way of describing what it’s like to be happy to spend a morning with a golden horse. I was invited to do just that yesterday.

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Author, Marti McGinnis, and Palomino Joy

Luck or Something Else?

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Meagan Burns

Sometimes I think I might be one of the luckiest people in the world! I don’t know if that’s true, or even possible, or makes any sense to discuss anyway. Luck is a capricious concept. An invention of the human mind perhaps.

So rather than lucky, I think what I am is…..ready! I am ever ready to take in what life offers,. especially the good stuff! So when Meagan Burns, Cow Advocate and business development guru for the rancho Cañada de la Virgen near San Miguel de Allende invited me for a morning out, I cleared my calendar and got my boots ready!

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Victor Hugo

I knew I could use the experience to inspire my art. And, of course, make my day – my week – even better! I piled into the back of their king cab ranch pick up and merrily bounced down the road with one of the ranch co-owners, his partner, Meagan and San Miguel style and event genius Victor Hugo. partner of the popular AlmaVictor Events duo. Meagan and Victor are super active on their social media accounts, and because I’ve been known to post a bunch too we knew we were going to have a good time snapping pix!

The Pyramid of Cañada de la Virgen

The truck bounced past the ancient and recently excavated pyramid that shares its name with the ranch, Cañada de la Virgen (Canyon of the Virgin). An astounding architectural achievement of the Otomi people whose civilization claimed these parts up until 1050 CE. It rested in darkness until the 1990’s. We were going to ride horses within site of this amazing pyramid!

We arrived and there were the horses, waiting patiently beside hearty trees. They were poised on a rise that allows a 360° view of the state of Guanajuato for miles and miles. We were there to be filmed by the ranch drone, ride the range and enjoy a picnic.

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The horses waited patiently

We mounted up and we all enjoyed a wonderful ride over the rain-ready range of scrabble, cactus and tough living grasses, trees and shrubs. We finished with a race up a hill that was truly exhilarating! The horse I was on thought we should trot behind the horse in front of us. When I asked him to go to the side it was like a light bulb went off in his head. He bumped it into high gear and tore up that hill at a full-on gallop. It was like he figured he was in the Kentucky Derby!

An Impromptu Race

He ripped up the hill and as soon as I grabbed my heart and stuck it back where it belongs I joined him, the wind whipping my face. Once we pulled up I knew I had just experienced a great moment good enough to inspire a painting! As soon as I got back into the studio later that same day I began working on this piece.

The sun, the palomino, the scrub and snacks all feature brightly in this fun painting.

Palomino Joy acrylic on shadow box wood panel

We were then treated to a picnic featuring some of the sausages produced by the ranch. They are delicious! I am not a huge meat eater, but when I do indulge I try to ensure the animal I am consuming has had a wonderful life, was treated well and was finished and processed humanely and with respect. You can read more about my thoughts on this topic in a post I wrote here. It’s called “Happy Cows Math Equation”

San Miguel Organic Beef

If you live near San Miguel de Allende, and you want organic, grass fed beef products you will want to seek out their products. Check their website or Facebook page for more information.

Below are some of the photos I took throughout the morning. If you are interested in having a similar experience you should know they offer eco-tourism experiences. More info in this link.

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