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Horseback Trail Riding Tips – 5 Tips

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Basic Horseback Trail Riding Tips

Before you go out and buy your first pair of trail shoes, there are some basic horseback trail riding tips that you will want to be aware of.

If you want to get into the sport of riding on horseback, you have to know how to dress for the job properly. This is where the fun starts. The first few times that you ride, it is recommended that you wear trail riding chaps.

If you ride often, you can change them out every time you ride to prevent getting dirt or mud in them. Here are some horseback trail riding tips you will enjoy.

Horseback Trail Riding Tips #1

Helmet

When you are ready to dress for the sport, make sure that you always have your helmet. You never know when you might fall. Also, you never want to get too dirty. You do not want to have spots on your face or a dirty stain on your clothes.

If you have no choice, you should wear shirts with synthetic materials.

Horseback Trail Riding Tips #2

Riding Boots

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Other tips include wearing boots with steel toes. You will find that your boots will help to protect your feet. This is a critical consideration when riding your horse. You will want to avoid boots with laces because they will keep your foot dry all the time.

Horseback Trail Riding Tips #3

Riding Gloves/Riding Jeans

Riding jeans are a bit of a bane at times. They will attract more dirt and mud, which you don’t want to happen while you are riding. If you can afford to spend the money, you might consider a nice pair of riding Jean. They are available in many different styles and colors.

Riding gloves are important too – especially if it’s cold out. Riding gloves come in all types and sizes. If you’re working on a ranch, you’d buy working gloves. If you’re endurance riding, you’d by gloves for that discipline. If you’re going on a trail ride during the winter, buy winter trail riding gloves.

Horseback Trail Riding Tips #4

More tips for choosing the right footwear

A factor that is often overlooked is your footwear. If you have to adjust your footwear during the day constantly, you will quickly begin to lose out on the riding enjoyment. You will also be paying more attention to your feet than your horse. You will also find yourself taking your foot off the pedal rather frequently.

You might think that following all these riding tips would take all day and that you could do no better.

Horseback Trail Riding Tips #5

Riding Posture

horseback trail riding tips

Posture is super important when riding. Pay close attention to any pain you may be experiencing. Keep your body in shape and take short rests whenever possible.

The bottom line is that if you follow the tips given here, you will soon notice how you feel when you ride. There are many more aspects to horseback riding, but this should get you on the right track to enjoying it even more. If you have never ridden before, you should consider taking a course.

Then, get on the horse and give it a try. After a few outings, you will see for yourself that some excellent horseback riding tips will help you enjoy this activity as much as you are enjoying your current riding experience. What are you waiting for?

Saddle up.

Was this post helpful in helping you with horseback trail riding tips? Want to know why your horse backs up when mounting? Read my post, “Horse Backs Up When Mounting”.

6 Comments

  • Hi,

    Thank you for these wonderful Horseback Trail Riding Tips! The horse is one of my favorite animals and actually, where I live, horse riding activity is not very accessible. But sometimes I travel to certain regions just to have encounters with horses. I’ve only actually been horseback riding 3 times.

    I liked how you explained the good riding posture technique (Ear-Hip-Heel)

    Continue the great work!

    Cheers!

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Armaud. Thanks for your comment. I’m curious what part of the country you live in? It’s great to know you love horses so much that you’re willing to travel to certain regions. Please keep coming back.

  • Tom says:

    Hey,

    These are great tips and they will be so helpful for my niece who is still going through her riding lessons. I have shared this article with her parents and I hope they find the tips valuable.

    The boots look very cool and I wouldn’t mind to have a pair of those boots myself 🙂

    I will keep you updated on how my niece finds your tips and if she has any questions then I will get in touch.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Tom. Thanks so much for your comment. Yes, those boots are rocking, right? Keep sharing this stuff with your niece. She’s going to need some tips.

  • Leahrae says:

    I have cowboy boots, and everything I would need to ride a horse. But, I love the fatbaby boots! They are so cute! Do you know if they run true to size? I generally do not buy shoes online because the sized can vary so much. I hate to have to return and then wait again LOL

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Leahrae. Thanks for your question. I too don’t like buying shoes or boots online because I never know if they are true to size. The good news is that http://www.HorseSaddleShop.com has a 24/7 chat feature where you can ask them directly. They also have a toll free number. (800) 448-1602.

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