Sun Cities Saddle Club

Sun Cities Saddle Club

Sun Cities Saddle Club

Sun Cities Saddle Club

Sun Cities Saddle Club

Sun Cities Saddle Club

Sun Cities Saddle Club

Sun Cities Saddle Club

Trail Riding Etiquette

Trail riding in Arizona might be a new experience for many of our members.  The Club established these guidelines to help make your riding comfortable, safe and enjoyable.  The underlying principle is safety.

The experience level of our riders ranges from novice to very experienced.  These “Rules of the Road” are designed to help make riding safe for everyone.  They reflect accepted trail riding standards.

Our rides can and usually do take us close to cactus.  Beware of cactus and do not let your hoSaddleOutsiderse get into the stickers.  Be especially wary of the cholla (pronounced “choy-a”).  This cactus secretes a burning fluid and the barbs can make even the best horse forget his trail manners.

  1. Wait for the wrangler to get your horse out from the others.  He/she will assist you and see that you are safely mounted.  At that time he/she will adjust the stirrups.
  2. Keep your horse as quiet as possible until all riders are mounted and ready to ride.
  3. Always bring drinking water.  Make sure your water and jacket are securely fastened to the saddle.
  4. Hold your reins securely about 12 to 18 inches from you – not too tight on the bit but tight enough so you can pull back on the reins to control your horse.
  5. Ride in single file.  If we are on a road, be sure to keep to the right.
  6. Always stay behind the lead wrangler.  He/she is the Trail Boss.
  7. If you need to stop or dismount for any reason, tell the wrangler so that all the riders can stop.
  8. Maintain a safe distance (about 1/2 a horse length) between you and the horse in front, and keep up with the group.  It might require some firm kicks to keep your horse moving.
  9. Always follow the trail that the lead wrangler chooses.  Do not make one of your own.  Your trail might not be safe.
  10. Do not let your horse trot or run downhill or uphill.  Keep him at a steady walk.
  11. If you must hang on, use one hand on the saddle horn but keep the hand with the reins free so you can control your horse.
  12. Make sure your hat is secure.  Chinstraps are required on windy days.
  13. Going downhill, lean back in the saddle with your legs extended a bit forward.  Going uphill, lean slightly forward.
  14. Do not let your horse nibble along the trail.
  15. MAINTAIN CONTROL OF YOUR HORSE AT ALL TIMES.

HAVE FUN – RIDE SAFELY

 

 

 

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