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Horseback Riding Safety Tips

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Kiamichi mountains, is to do it from the back of a horse. A to Z Guest Ranch offers horseback trail rides that are guaranteed to be a fun experience for you, your family and your friends.

Before you hit the trail, you may want to familiarize yourself with a few basic horseback riding safety tips. Horse and Rider magazine and list some great guidelines that every rider should be aware of:

Approach horses safely

  • Approach horses from the side and speak to alert them of your presence
  • If you must walk behind a horse, either 1) walk far away, out of kicking range or 2) walk close, touching them, and keeping a hand on their rump as you pass around
  • Be aware of a horse’s feet- don’t let your feet get in the way of theirs

Wear proper riding gear

  • Wear proper footwear: boots or shoes with a hard toe and a heel are best to prevent feet from slipping through the stirrups
  • Wear a helmet

Mount and dismount properly

  • Before mounting, make sure the horse is standing still, and have hold of the reins. For inexperienced riders, someone should hold the horse still while the rider mounts and dismounts
  • Avoid mounting and dismounting on slopes, or where there are low hanging objects

Practice proper trail etiquette

  • Stay on designated trails and riding areas
  • Keep one horse-length between you and the horse in front of you
  • Approach steep, slick, or rocky terrain slowly and carefully, and stay centered in the saddle.
  • Always stay with the group
  • Set a pace that everyone in the group is comfortable with, and maintain the same speed as the group
  • Do not trot or run (unless all riders are comfortable, and all have agreed to the Ranch’s advanced riding experience option)

We invite you to come to A to Z Guest Ranch for an unforgettable experience of horseback riding and sightseeing. And remember- safety first!