Riding a Horse is Great Fun
For a pleasant change of pace from traditional vacations, horseback riding vacations are becoming more and more popular. When deciding whether or not this is something appropriate for your family, there are a couple of things you should consider. Age of the riders, desired terrain, physical stamina, and knowledge level should all be taken into account.
Age is a consideration for two reasons. The first is that most trail-riding businesses have an age limit on how young a rider can be. This can be for insurance purposes, as well as for the health and well-being of the child. The second reason is that younger children will have less stamina and ability. You should always call ahead and make sure your youngster will be welcome.
If you are not familiar with horseback riding, you may not realize how much of a difference terrain makes. It takes more work, for both horse and rider, to go up and down hills than it does to walk on flat ground. There are also things like trees to consider; whether or not you are comfortable ducking low-hanging branches.
The physical stamina of the riders is important when deciding the location and length of the vacation. Some places offer short trail rides, while others offer rides that last for days. Some are working rides, like you would find on a dude ranch, while others are for pure pleasure. Longer rides are obviously more physically taxing than the short ones, but even a short ride, especially a working ride, can be difficult.
The last thing that should always be considered is the knowledge and skill level of the riders. You can find places that offer full-service rides, where they take care of everything except the actual riding. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you can find places that allow you to do most, if not all, of your own work. It depends entirely upon your personal preferences and abilities.
If you take all these things into consideration, you should be able to have a wonderful, memorable horseback riding vacation. Remember to call ahead once you have decided on the important things to make sure the place you wish to go offers all you want. Be aware that you will likely be asked to sign a waiver, since animals are a little less predictable than machinery. Keep in mind that riding a horse is not like borrowing someone’s car. Horses are living creatures that have minds, and feelings, of their own; as long as you take care of them, they will take care of you!