Horseback riding can be very fun and enjoyed by the entire family. However as anything you do, you must be cautious and especially around animals, such as horses.
HERE ARE A FEW RIDING TIPS:
Never get behind a horse. Horses can and may kick. (they can’t see you and can be frighten if you go behind them) Parents please watch your small children at all times and do not let them walk near the horses.
Always mount and dismount on the left side of the horse.
Hold your reins in one hand, preferably the dominant hand. Never jerk on the reins or shake the reins. You can hurt the horse’s mouth.
Pull your reins to the side, in the direction you want to go. Example, pull to the right to go right and left to go left.
Pull back slightly toward your stomach, to stop or slow down your horse. Once you pull back release. Never keep pulling back on the reins.
Put the ball of your foot in the stirrup, not your whole foot. Balance your body with equal pressure in your feet, keeping your heels down and toes up. Balance is very important when riding a horse.
Hold your horn for balance if you need to.
While riding your horse, pay attention at all times. Make sure you do not ride too close to the horse in front of you. (the horse in front of you may kick)
Do not pass the horse in front of you. Always keep a space about a horse length apart. Sometimes the horse in front of you may stop, so just wait and do not pass.
Never let go of your reins. We show you how to hold your reins, so please pay attention when we give you instructions. You don’t want your reins too tight or too loose.
Always stay alert and follow instructions given. Sometimes there are deer on the trail, that may dart through the forest and can startle your horse, so please pay attention for sudden movements.
If the horse puts his head down or turns his head toward your foot, he is not going to bite you, he is just trying to get a fly off.
It’s best to wear long pants and shoes with a heel or sneaker. Sandals and flip flops aren’t very good for riding.
If you have any physical or mental disabilities, this ride may not be for you. You must be alert, pay attention and have good balance to ride a horse.
Please no screaming or shouting while riding a horse. It can scare your horse.
Do not take your cell phone with you while riding. You need to stay ALERT at all times while riding a horse. Any unusual noise out in the quiet trail can frighten a horse. Also by trying to use your phone for pictures, etc, means taking your hand off your reins and making movements that could frighten your horse as well. We are happy to use your phone to take your pictures of you and group shot your family/group when you finish your ride.
No pocketbooks, drinks, cameras or backpacks are allowed on the horse. No lose objects that might fall off and scare your horse. Leave your sunglasses as well. We usually have a collection of lost, damage or broken sunglasses.
We have riding helmets available to wear at no charge. (Under age 18, must wear helmets) NEVER REMOVE YOUR HELMET WHILE ON A HORSE!
Please watch your children at all times around horses and ponies. NEVER RUN NEAR THE HORSES OR PONIES OR BEHIND THEM!