Riding on the trails alone can be dangerous. However, many riders don’t have a choice. It can be hard to find others with the same schedule as yourself. You might also enjoy the quiet time with just your horse. If you have decided to ride solo, make sure to follow these five safety tips!
1. Wear safety attire: Now’s not the time to forget your helmet or leave your riding boots at home. Before you hit the trails alone, make sure you have the proper safety gear.
2. Tell someone where you’re going: It only takes a minute to let a family member, friend, or barn manager know where you’re going.
3. Cell phone: Carry a cell phone in case of an emergency. Keep it on silent though. You don’t want to spook your horse with a ringer. A trail bag that attaches to your saddle is a great place to store a phone while riding.
4. Choose a safe horse: A dependable horse that is comfortable on the trails is the best to take on solo trips. You should be familiar with the horse and he should be comfortable with various trail obstacles and possible encounters.
5. Know your limits: A solo ride isn’t the time to try new training tactics or push your horse too hard. Stick to what you’ve had success with in the past.
Riding alone can be a good experience if you’re safe about it. It can be a peaceful time to bond with your horse.