Trail Riding - Preparing for your Ride
We do most of the preparing for you — getting your horse ready, the saddle fit properly, etc. — but there are some things you can do to make your ride all the better!
The more comfortable you are, the more your horse can feel it, and the more likely you'll both have a fantastic time. Check the weather and think in layers!
Footwear: Always start with a decent pair of socks! Boots with a slight heel are the best for riding, (like a cowboy boot or riding boots) however, tennis shoes are sufficient. Stay away from big bulky hiking-type boots, these tend to get caught up in the stirrups.
On your legs: Long pants! Jeans or riding tights work perfectly. If it's fall and you think it might be chilly, you may want to add a long-underwear layer.
Up top: Dress for the weather. If it's sunny, wear summer shirts (and lots of sunscreen). Always bring a light jacket (we can tie it to the saddle for you). Colorado weather changes pretty quickly, so again, layers are the way to go!
Your head: We provide helmets and offer them to everyone. Kids 12 and under are required to wear a helmet. Baseball hats (snug ones) work well to keep the sun off your face. We recommend wearing hats that stay secure. Some of our guests like to wear their own riding helmets, which is great. If you don't have a horseback riding helmet, bicycle helmets can be a great substitute.
Bring some water or something to keep yourself hydrated. Even if it's a short ride, you'll want to take a drink before we head out on the trail. The best way to avoid altitude issues is to stay hydrated.
Other items to think about:
Sunscreen, sunglasses (a strap for these if you have one is a great idea), gloves (not necessary, but nice), a granola bar or snack to have after your ride or during the longer rides. Sometimes the mosquitos can get annoying, so bring bug spray or wear long sleeves, especially in the Spring!
When you make your reservation, just ask us any questions you have and we'll get you set up and ready to ride!
Before any equestrian activity, all riders will need to read and sign a liability release (pdf). You can print and sign before you arrive at our corral, or we will have the same release here for you to sign before your ride.