Planning your Horse Riding Adventures

by Darley Newman
as seen on Equitrekking

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If you are planning an equestrian vacation, whether it’s in India, Colorado or the next town over, you’ll want to do your research and be prepared. It’s your time to ride free and enjoy it. To make your time in the saddle as stress free and pleasurable as possible, take the time before you leave to study up on your upcoming adventure. Here are six tips to plan a great equestrian getaway.

Do, do your research
The world is your riding oyster and there are a lot of choices. Enjoy perusing ALL of them before you narrow it down. Researching your dream vacation or even a vacation that you would never dream of taking any time soon can be half the fun. Use the Internet to get current information on destinations, as well industry publications.

Ask around
No matter how much research you do, no one can give you better advice than fellow riders, especially if they have visited the destination or establishment themselves. They will be able to tell you the details that you can only gain from experience.

Make sure it fits
Many establishments focus on many different activities, but some may be stronger in one area than another. Make sure to convey your wants and needs to the establishment or outfitter so that your trip is everything you want it to be.

Be true to yourself
Fudging your abilities could turn your dream ride into too wild a ride. Ask about the skill requirements and convey your riding history to the wrangler or person in charge. If you are an occasional rider or are traveling with a non-rider, you may want to pick a vacation that mixes riding with other activities, such as sightseeing, golf or lying out on the beach. Advanced riders may want to plan more time in the saddle.

Check it out
Make sure that the riding establishment is reputable. If you are unsure or can’t find this information, the destination’s tourism bureau or local convention and visitors’ bureau may be able to give you guidance. Ask the establishment about their history, facilities, horses and amenities and take a peek online to see if previous guests have had any useful comments.

Get fit- Ride, ride, ride
If you are a beginner, consider taking a few lessons before you travel. This will help you gain the confidence that you need and the muscles that you'll want for riding. It never hurts for anyone to brush up on their skills and get fit both in the ring and on trails.

Safe Travels!