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Marana's Big Sky Rides finds more people seeking quiet horse rides through the desert
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Megan Wofford carries some tack as she gets horses ready for an early-morning ride last week at Marana's Big Sky Rides. Rides are open to the public and last up to a few hours.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, In the little down time that exists at Big Sky Rides, Larry Shandy practices roping on a plastic cow. Days are spent feeding horses, fixing and cleaning pens and re-shoeing horses all in between taking customers on horseback rides through the desert.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Late in the afternoon, after all the work around the ranch is done, Megan Wofford practices roping at Big Sky Rides.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Riders are offered many different options at Big Sky Rides, ranging from a half-hour ride to an 1-1/2-hour sunset ride ending with a hayride to a campfire dinner.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, As the sun crests over the eastern sky, Megan Wofford leads a horse-drawn trailer on her feeding rounds for Big Sky Rides. About 70 horses roam Marana's Lazy K Ranch, waiting to be taken on rides through the desert.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Megan Wofford guides the horses and the trailer through the gates during the morning rounds at the Lazy K Ranch.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Shortly after 7 a.m., Larry Shandy unties bales of hay as he feeds horses and cattle at Lazy K Ranch.