#1 rule NEVER ride alone! Even if you are an experienced rider with your most trusted horse things happen and you don’t want to be alone if they do!
– Always let someone know you are out on a ride. At Holsman Stables we have a board we use to sign out including the time you left. If one of our ranch hands or boarders notice you have been gone a long time they can call and check up on you.
-Keep a phone on you at all times. If an issue should arise it is important to be able to reach someone back at the barn.
-Keep your tack in proper working order. Check all saddle straps and head gear before leaving the barn.
-You should feel comfortable with the horse you are riding. The two of you should have mastered basic skills in the arena such as turning and stopping.
-Do not ride your horse on unsure footing that your horse could get hurt on or fall.
-When available stick to horse designated trails.
-Socializing with your friends is fun, but make sure that you pay more attention to your horse and their body language then your friends. You are always a deer or turkey away from a wild ride!
-Always check depth of water before trying to cross your horse.
-Put proper boots and protection gear on your horse.
-Put fly spray on your horse for a more comfortable ride.
-Check that their shoes are tight and properly fit.
-Allow your horse to cool down properly after the ride.
Did we miss something you do? Let us know in the comments. Your helpful tips might keep someone safe one day.