Family Trail Rides
Do you come from a “horse family?” Are you and your family at the barn as soon as you have finished breakfast? No matter whether just you or your entirely family rides, heading out on a trail is the perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon.
Family Trail Riding: What Should You Expect? Family vacations, family game nights, family dinner … family trail ride? That’s right, we invite you to explore the benefits of a family trail ride with the following five ideas.
1. TAKE A RIDE ON THE BEACH
Heading to the beach is a great way to spend time with your family and favorite horses. However, before you head to the beach, make sure that you look up the tide schedule. Generally speaking, riding at low-tide is the best for horses. During low-tide the sand tends to be more hard-packed and the beach tends to be a bit wider. In addition to the tide schedule, you will need to look up the rules and regulations for that beach. Across the country, certain beaches are open for riding during the fall and winter only, while other beaches are open year long. Finally, make sure that your horse is properly attired for the sand and frothy ocean waves.
2. HEAD OUT IN THE MORNING FOR A PRE-BREAKFAST RIDE
Have you ever seen the sunrise from atop your trusted four-legged steed? If not, then you and your family should plan a pre-breakfast ride. Wake-up before the dawn, feed your horses their morning grain, get your tack ready, and head out into the early morning mists. Seeing a sunrise over mountain tops, beaches, lakes, woods, or surrounding meadows can be an awe-inspiring experience for you, your family, and your horses.
3. PLAN A TREASURE HUNT ALONG THE TRAIL
Trail rides are a chance for you and your family to bond with each other, as well as your horses. Take bonding to the next level when you plan a treasure hunt. Before you head out on the trail, hide certain objects along the trail. Try hiding a halter in a tree, place an apple on a stump, or wrap a lead rope around a low-hanging branch. The kids in the family will enjoy finding the items, while you give helpful hints and clues. In addition, you and your family will be able to practice getting on and off your horses during the trail ride.
4. PACK A LUNCH FOR AN OUTDOOR TREAT
Who says the trail ride has to begin and end with treats at the barn? Instead of eating lunch when you get back to the barn, plan for an extended trail ride. Before you head out, pack a small lunch and a blanket in your saddle bags. Ride your horses to your favorite picnic spot. Dismount, safely secure your horses (this might mean that your horses will need to wear halters and lead ropes), and enjoy a snack on the trail. Don’t forget to pack an apple or two for your horses!
5. HEAD FOR A HALF-DAY RIDE IN THE WOODS
A longer trail ride is a great way to spend a weekend morning or afternoon with your family. The longer trail riding time will give you a chance to enjoy walking, trotting, and cantering with your horses along the trail. Make sure that your horses can handle the longer distance, before you head out on the trail. If possible, you should plan for walk-breaks and possible rest breaks for both riders and horses.
Family Trail Riding Is A Fun Adventure: Are you ready to enjoy spending time with your family and horses? If so, try one of the above five family-friendly trail riding ideas today! Your family and your horses will thank you for a wonderful day spent out on the trail.