Welcome to the biggest, baddest horse country this side of the Mississippi.

By Aaron Starnes Denton Live: July-Dec 2014

Satisfy your equine curiosity with a guided excursion to the Denton area’s amazing horse ranches.

North Texas Horse Country Tours offers six professionally- led charter bus tours per year, three in the spring and three in the fall for $40 per person. That includes a cowboy-style lunch served from a chuck wagon, beverages, snacks and behind-the-scenes access to at least two premier horse ranches.

The tour is appropriate for ages 13 and up, and offers attendees the chance to get up close and personal with the horses.

While driving from ranch to ranch, fun and knowledgeable guides share history tidbits and anecdotes about the horse country. The tour offers insight to what these majestic creatures mean to the region’s economy.

The tour culminates with a live mounted-shooting demonstration where a cowboy rides a horse through an obstacle course and fires his six-shooters at inflatable balloon targets. It’s a demonstration of skill and discipline for both horse and rider. Don’t worry, though, there’s no danger here. The pistols are loaded with a special round minus a bullet.

Dana Lodge, Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau director of sales, says the Horse Country Tours is one of the best attractions in the Denton area.

“It’s certainly a hidden gem,” Lodge said. “A lot of people don’t know that we have such a large concentration of horse farms right here in the county.”

For more information visit discoverdenton.com or horsecountrytours.com.