If you're visiting Santa Fe or ABQ, and you want to go horseback riding, take a ride at Broken Saddle. I have Harold, the owner, on speed dial and call him before I let my family known I'm coming down for a visit. His horses are toned athletes. They are Missouri Fox Trotters and Tennesse Walkers, and are so smooth, they make novice riders feel like pros! The wranglers are knowledgeable about the mines in the area where you ride, and take great care of the riders. (One even has appeared as an extra in several movies, most recently Cowboys and Aliens.) You can trot, lope, and even gallop depending on your skill level, up the hills and through the arroyos. The scenery is beautiful; you can see for 50 miles. This is the best adventure you can have in New Mexico. (The stores and museums on the plaza are interesting, but riding horses at Broken Saddle allows you to live history!) Rates are incredibly reasonable and bring cash or check.