Are you planning your first trail ride? Riding outside the arena is a great way to enjoy horses and nature. You’ll experience different terrain, scenic views, and horseback riding in a whole new way. Getting prepared is important though, so here’s some helpful tips!
First Time Trail Riders
- Ride with proper gear, including a helmet, boots with a small heel, long sleeves, and jeans. A water bottle holder attached to the saddle horn is also a great idea!
- Go with an experienced trail rider. You can either sign up for a guided horseback tour or ask your instructor/barn buddies to take you out on the trails.
- Plan your ride. Make sure to check the weather before you head out. Additionally, allow yourself plenty of daylight to get back to the barn.
- Try an easy trail first. Let the others know this is your first time and you’d like to start off on a simple path.
- Go slow. Stick to walking primarily. If you’re up for a small challenge, try trotting in a flat, open area.
- Don’t forget to ride! Some people get so excited or nervous they turn into passengers and forget to instruct their horse.
- Ride in the middle or toward the back. Let the more experienced riders take the front.
- Choose a patient and slow horse. You want to focus on the experience, rather than dealing with a nervous or uneasy horse.
- Do some stretching before and after your ride. Trail riding will have you using muscles you didn’t even know you had!
- Make sure to breathe and smile! This is all for fun after all!
Who’s ready to get out there?