Children under 18 years old MUST wear a helmet.
Every rider is welcome to wear a safety helmet.
Helmets are provided.
You should wear long pants/jeans.
You should wear boots or closed-toe shoes.
NO flip flops.
You should not carry any bag while riding unless approved by your guide/wrangler.
We provide a saddle bag for water/cell phone
NEVER walk or stand behind any horse.
NEVER let your horse get too close to any other horse, any person, any tree or overhanging limb.
NEVER suddenly scare a horse by loud noise or fast movement.
NEVER let your foot slip forward through a stirrup. It is possible to get dragged by a foot stuck in a stirrup.
NEVER slap any horse’s flank with your hand or any object at any time.
NEVER allow your horse to run. If one horse runs, all the horses may run and be dangerous for you and others.
ALWAYS: After mounting the horse, keep your feet in the stirrups, positioned with the toes up and heels down.
Stay seated in the center of the saddle.
Sit upright in the saddle without slouching. Keep some of your weight on the balls of your feet in the stirrups.
Keep your upper body generally vertical in the saddle.
When the horse is going downhill, lean back to stay vertical.
When the horse is going uphill, lean forward to stay vertical and hold onto the saddle horn. When the horse is climbing a hill, it might walk a little faster to get momentum to make it up the hill.
Keep your horse in line with the other horses on the trail.
To turn the horse left: pull the rein on the left side of the horse’s neck to the left with your left hand.
To turn the horse right: pull the rein on the right side to the horse’s neck to the right with your right hand.
To slow or stop a horse: pull both reins toward your own belly with either or both hands.
When the horse stops, you must stop pulling the reins.
If you keep pulling the reins, the horse will walk backwards or rear up.
Be conscious of a horse’s unpredictability, large size and great strength.
Be conscious of trees and limbs in the path: ground level and overhead.
Generally speaking horses are NOT trying to "run you under a tree branch" to get you off their back. Usually they are simply trying to find the easiest path.
It is your responsibility to be aware of low hanging obstructions.