I really enjoy seeing wild life when I ride. Somehow being on a horse masks your “human-ness” to many wild creatures, cloaking you in the scent of your horse and making you invisible.
On horseback I’ve been able to get within 10 yards of a buck sleeping under a tree . . . was able to ride my horse in a field with a sleeping fox . . . share the trail with a few coyotes . . . and come quite close to several owls and a gorgeous and huge red tailed hawk.
Yesterday when I was out riding I saw a fisher cat run across the trail in front of me.