trail ride cowgirl magazine

Trail riding can be so enjoyable! It’s a great way to get out of the arena and into the wide open. It’s important you get prepared before you head off on a longer ride though. When you put safety first, you can ride confidently! These basic tools can easily fit in a saddle bag that attaches to your horn or a D ring.

Tools for a Safe Trail Ride

These tools are especially helpful if you plan to take a longer ride, though many should be included in your saddle bag even for shorter outings.

First, always make sure to thoroughly groom your horse before saddling up. This includes where the saddle pad will go and the bridle.

Next, you should properly dress for the occasion. A long-sleeve shirt, jeans, boots, and helmet with a visor are recommended. Additionally, a belt can come in handy. It can even be used as a temporary bridle, if yours was to break!

Tools for your saddle bag:

  • Walkie talky or cellphone
  • Hoof pick
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bugspray (and flyspray wipes for your horse)
  • EpiPen, depending on who’s on the ride
  • Snake bite kit
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze, bandaids, and disinfectant
  • Chapstick
  • Water

Michelle, a CHA Master Instructor, shares her favorite essentials.

Now who’s ready to set out and have a blast?!?