Trail Riding Safety
Trail Riding Safety
Trail riding is a rewarding and relaxing activity you can do with a horse.
Trail riding with your horse gets you both out of the arena. Experience new sights and break up a monotonous training routine. But it is not without its dangers.
AQHA’s FREE Trail Riding Safety Tips report
This trail safety guide will keep you and your Quarter Horse out of harm’s way when you’re on the trail.
Experts on three different areas of trail riding offer tips and advice on how to better enjoy trail riding while keeping your horse’s health and the environment in mind.
Veterinarian Rick Hill discusses how to deal with emergencies while trail riding such as cuts, thrown shoes, colic and infection.
“You are not going to take the same things for a one-hour trip like you would if you were going to be gone for three or four days. It’s going to depend on how long a ride is, and how far you are going to be away, the more you are going to want to be able to handle anything you might be facing,” Dr. Hill says.
Hoof care is extremely important when you are trail riding out in the open, and Doug Butler, professor of equine sciences at Colorado State University and renowned farrier, has advice to keep things moving smoothly.
“One thing all trail riders are concerned with is what to do if their horse throws a shoe while on the trail,” Doug notes.
The FREE Trail Safety Tips report guides you through your options for shoeing your horse so he can negotiate the trail better.
Finally, we must protect our precious wilderness areas so that future generations can enjoy them as we have. Mark DeGregorio of the Rocky Mountain National Park explains minimal impact trail riding, more commonly known as “Leave No Trace.”
“What we mean by minimal impact is you are going to try to do your best to have the least impact you can on that land,” Mark says.
Learn helpful tips for leaving your favorite trails as beautiful as when you found them.
Mark sums up his thoughts on minimal impact with a quote he calls the horseman’s creed, ‘When I go into the back country, I will leave only hoofprints, take only memories.”
(excerpt from America’s Horse Daily)
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