Trail Riding 101: Let’s Talk Etiquette - Hamilton Products

Trail Riding 101: Let’s Talk Etiquette

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When we think of a calming activity, trail riding is one of the first things that comes to mind. Taking in fresh air and beautiful scenery on the back of a horse at a leisurely pace is truly one of life’s simple pleasures… if it’s done safely and mindfully. If not, it can become dangerous for you, your horse, and fellow trail riders. New to trail riding? Not to worry! You’re in the right place. Here’s our quick safety checklist for these low key rides:

  • Only bring horses
    that are conditioned for trail riding.
  • Check all tack to ensure the proper fit.
  • Check your
    horse’s hooves and make sure they’re suited
    for the terrain.
  • Wear proper
    attire for horseback riding, including pants and boots.
  • Maintain at least
    one horse length between riders
  • Tie red ribbon to
    the tails of horses who kick.
  • Ride single file
    when passing other riders or hikers.
  • Youth and new
    riders should always wear a helmet.
  • Bring along a
    first aid kit and map.
  • Be sure at least
    one person has a working cell phone.
  • Allow horses the
    opportunity to drink.
  • Wait for other
    riders if dismounted.
  • Announce trail
    hazards like potholes, low hanging branches, dogs, hikers, or rocks.
  • Don’t litter.
    While this won’t threaten your safety, it’s just rude!

If you ask us, you can never be too safe when it comes to horses and other people so always air on the side of caution when it comes to preparation. Be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and your horse and never shy away from resting if that’s what you or your horse need. We hope you have a wonderful summer full of laid back rides ahead!

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