night riding cowgirl magazine

Most trail riders prefer daytime hours. There may be occasions when your schedule only permits night riding. In this case, it’s better to be properly prepared than to just hope for the best. The evening has some beautiful sights like the sunset, stars, and moon. It can be a really enjoyable experience!

Riding at Night

  1. Ride with a friend.
  2. Have a flashlight or headlamp on hand. You may want the moonlight to guide your ride, but in case of an emergency you’ll need something bright.
  3. You and your horse should wear bright colors and reflective gear.
  4. Pack a saddle bag with emergency items like a phone, map, hoof pick, water bottle, snack, and basic medical supplies.
  5. Stick to familiar paths with footing that you trust and know.
  6. Wide open spaces tend to be safer, rather than narrow trails.
  7. Your horse should be dependable. Trust them to guide you back home.
  8. Go slow and avoid anything faster than a jog.
  9. Stay off roads!
  10. Let someone, such as a friend, barn buddy, or spouse, know when you head out. Check in with them when you get back to the barn.

Night riding comes with extra risks and isn’t generally recommended. If you’re safe and properly plan, it can be done though!