Horseback Trail Riding Checklist


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The weather’s warming up & you’re itching to load your horse up & do some trail riding. Before you saddle up and head out to the great outdoors, here’s a checklist of essentials to make your trip safe & enjoyable.

Check over your truck and trailer

  • Check tire pressure & wear
  • Check your floorboards for rot & cracks
  • Check gates and latches for damage
  • Check your hitch for wear
  • Check your brake lights and turn signals
  • Look for any sharp edges or rust holes

Check your horse over – your horse should be able to:

  • Be tied safely
  • Stand calmly when being tacked up
  • Go forward, backward, left, right & most importantly, stop on command
  • Cross water, bridges or fallen trees if you anticipate any of those on your ride
  • Load and unload from the trailer easily
  • Be in good enough shape for the length of ride and terrain

What to bring with?

  • Map of where you’re going, noting parking areas for trailers
  • Copy of Health Papers if required and a Trail Pass
  • Clothes appropriate for the weather that’s been forecasted
  • First aid kit for you & the horse
  • Tack that’s been thoroughly checked over along with extra reins, cinches, halter & lead lines
  • Fly spray for the horse, bug spray for you.
  • Water & hay, buckets & hay net
  • Cooler with water & snacks for you
  • A friend or cell phone – let someone know where you’re going & when you expect to be back if you’re going alone

Trail riding can be fun & relaxing. Using this checklist can make it stress free.

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