10 Tips For A Successul Trail RideJune 29 2016
By The Honest Trainer
- Tip #1: Bring at least one buddy.
Going alone is not only boring, but if something were to happen to you there would be no one there to call for help. Riding out in the open means that you are in an uncontrolled environment and accidents do happen.
- Tip #2: Carry a cell phone.
Make sure at least one person in your group has a cell phone with good local service in case of an emergency. It should be attached to you, not the horse, in case you part ways.
- Tip #3: Know how far to go.
If you only want to ride for an hour, when you hit the half hour mark it is time to turn around. Make sure everyone in your group is aware of the timing before you start.
- Tip #4: Wear a helmet.
Even if you don’t usually wear a helmet in the arena (which you should!) wearing one on the trails is a safe idea. Horses can be extra cautious and spooky out in the open and you never know when a deer will surprise you!
- Tip #5: Stay close together.
Horses can get nervous if the lead horse gets too far out in front. The last thing you would want is to have your horse run up behind the lead horse and start a panic.
- Tip #6: Communicate the pace.
If you are the lead horse and want to trot or canter, make sure you ask all others in the group if it is OK before taking off. Some members of the group might not be comfortable going faster than a walk.
- Tip #7: Be visible.
Especially during hunting season it is important to wear orange or bright colors so that hunters can tell you aren’t an animal.
- Tip #8: Choose an appropriate route.
If your horse doesn’t like traffic, avoid trails with road crossings. If you are nervous on hills, choose a flatter option.
- Tip #9: Use a lot of bug spray (for you and your horse).
The bugs can get pretty bad, especially in the woods, so make sure you are prepared. Ear nets and fly masks also help protect your horse in really buggy weather.
- Tip #10: Stay safe and have fun!