Equestrian Camping and Other Adventures with Horses
Riding a horse is fun,exciting, and always a challenge. But, if you’re getting bored of the arena scene, maybe it’s time to stretch both yours and your horse’s legs. There are many different kinds of adventures you can go on with your horse, ranging from regular trail rides to equestrian camping, cross country rides, and even speed events. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Trail rides: If you haven’t already discovered the fun of riding the trails with your horse, this is a great first step. A few hours of exploring the trail from horseback may be all the adventure you need at first. Plus, trail riding is easy: A well-situated barn may have access to nearby trails, or you and a couple friends can trailer your horses to any number of local and national parks. Just be sure to get online first and check the rules regarding horses. There’s nothing better than enjoying nature from the back of your horse!
- Equestrian camping: If you’re an experienced trail rider, you may be ready for something a little more daring, such as equestrian camping. Spending a couple of days in nature with your horse can be an exciting and relaxing getaway. If you’ve never done this before, try to go with a horse and rider who are experienced at equestrian camping and can show you the ropes, so to speak.
- Cross country rides: Once you’ve conquered the overnight camping trip with your horse, you might be interested in taking longer rides across country that require multiple nights of camping. You can do this with friends, or join any number of guided rides cross-country. Another option is traveling cross country with your horses in the trailer, then stopping to camp and ride in the open spaces and national parks you come to along the way.
- Endurance rides: If you are an experienced adventurer, you may be looking for something a little more thrilling than equestrian camping or riding cross-country. If not only trail riding or traveling cross country, but doing it at speed sounds more like something you’d be interested in, check out the endurance rides offered in your area. These are scheduled races where riders cover miles of back-country terrain. Whether you do it with the competition in mind, the speed of endurance rides will test you and your horse’s mettle over longer distances, which may be appealing to the experienced adventurer.
Details to Consider
When planning adventures with your horse, don’t forget to consider the logistics. Be considerate and always make sure horses are welcome where you’re going. Doing your research and locating trail maps may also be a good idea. Finally, don’t forget to accommodate both equine and human needs, such as bringing plenty of water and food. For tips on horse feed that travel more easily and minimize waste on adventures like these, please contact Sacate Pellet Mills today at 602-237-3809.