Tips for Horse Trail Riders When They Ride Public Trails

One of the ways that all horse riders can help in the fight for trail preservation and permission to use public trails is by being considerate. Many of the trails are shared by hikers and bikers and there are also often dogs. It is important that horse riders behave well and keep the people around them in mind when their riding. We have a few tips for how to behave well and considerate.

Pick up manure. In the same way that you need to pick up after your dog, you need to pick up after your horse. You know the signs of when this will happen, so walk him off the main trail and pick up the manure after he is done. This is common sense and it makes the experience much more pleasant for other trail users.

Don’t go trail riding when it has rained. Horses make everything mush when they walk on wet grass and mud. It is best for the preservation of the trails if you don’t let your horse walk trails when the soil and grass are wet. If you do, you may ruin the trail for everyone. It is also one of the reasons why horses are not allowed on all trails because this type of behavior contributes to erosion.

Don’t race. Most of the public riding trails are for recreational purposes and should be relaxed. A speeding horse can cause a lot of havoc and it can also cause damage to the trails and plants. So, if you need to run and go wild, do so on your farm or somewhere private where you won’t disturb others.

Stay on trails allocated for horse riding. Horses are not always allowed on all the trails. Some trails are just for hikers, some just for bikers, and other for horse riders. It would be wise to get some maps of the area and the trails before you set off. This will help you stay on track and avoid trespassing or causing problems for yourself or others.

The basic idea here is to just be considerate and use your common sense. Not everyone is used to horses and they may be frightened or not know how to react. Calmly pass them and strike up a conversation. Educate them so they won’t be scared next time. As long as you keep the people around you in mind and avoid destroying anything, you and your horse will have a good time.

What to Pack When You Go on a Horse Trail Ride

Recreational horse riding is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have. If you are a horse rider you understand the thrill and joy it brings you to ride with your horse in open spaces and through forests. If you are a new rider there are some things that you need to learn. PCCBCHW offers events where we educate new riders on etiquette and how to be safe on the horse trails. In today’s feature, we want to give you some guidance on what to pack when you go on a trail ride.

It is good to have a list of things you need so you can tick it off as you pack it. This is the best way to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Always remember the following:

Studs – To help your horse have traction and so he doesn’t slip.

Boots – If your horse is wearing studs, he must have boots. For your horse’s own safety, make sure to never put studs on without boots.

Protective gear – Make sure to pack your horse’s protective gear to keep him safe and to avoid rashes and such things.

Riding gear – The saddle, saddle pad, half pad, and girth is next on my list. These are obviously quite important and some of the bigger things you must take.

Once your horse has all his gear, it is important to remember yours.

Boots and spurs – It is important to have your protective foot gear. Also, make sure that you have thick enough socks as you will be in the boots for a while.

Safety gear – Remember all your own safety gear like protective vests and obviously your helmet. Always keep the weather in mind.

It is also very important to carry some basic essentials like a small first-aid kit that has the basics for both human and horse ailments. One of the most important things you must always have on a trail ride is water. Chances are that there will be water along the way for your horse, but always pack enough for you and your horse. A dehydrated horse is not something you want on a long trail ride.