Thursday, November 6, 2014

Louisiana: Plaisance: The Step-n-Strut Trail Ride


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


One of my goals for Louisiana was to go on (the term "go on" being open to interpretation) a trail ride. Not just any trail ride. A zydeco trail ride. A Creole trail ride.

I had my chance with the Step-n-Strut Trail Ride in Plaisance.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


To set the stage about the trail rides in Southwest Louisiana:  

Below is a lil diamond of a video about Creole riders by documentarian Tabitha Denholm:




A companion article she wrote is here.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.



Cajun filmmaker Connie Castille created a lush documentary about the Cajun and Creole history with horses in her two-hour movie, T-Galop. You can watch the documentary in its entirety on Louisiana Public Television here.
2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


There was lots going on at the Step-n-Strut's home base


Food


Below is a man with a vertical griller/smoker that he made:

2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


This man was cooking up some pork steaks early on, preparing for sale a little later.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Pig tails. Squeak.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Foot care

Look at this horse's beautiful tail:


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


There was more than one way to do the trail ride


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.




2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Coming back


It was pretty to watch the tired riders and horses return as the sun was sinking. The light and the dust made a lovely backdrop.

2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Videos

I took several videos. I really like this one because it has everything in a short piece - pretty horses, cantering horses, dancing, good music, a trailer with not only a port-a-potty but a full-size grill and a big sound system.



Here is a 13+ minute video of the trail ride rolling out. It has drama and flair and flash. It shows the various ways one can participate on the ride. There's even a bit of an altercation.

Here is a short-short with a lot of drama. Some poor dude is missing his jeans. One can only wonder at the story there.

Rolling out #3 is pretty jumpy, but it's short and it gives a good idea at the huge number of horses and riders participating on the ride.

Rolling out #4 shows fun on both trailers and horses.



A slide show here:


#30



Oh, yeah, and there was live music, too. This is South Louisiana, after all.




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