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4 Helpful Tips for Your First Time Horseback Riding

4 Helpful Tips for Your First Time Horseback Riding

Whether you have tried horseback riding or not, your first time on a horse can be an intimidating event. It’s an experience that introduces you to the fun of the sport, as well as the enjoyment of bonding with an animal. Before you saddle up, there are a few steps to keep in mind to ensure that your first ride on a horse goes safely and smoothly.

Horseback riding in IdahoGet to Know Your Horse

The first step you should take is to introduce yourself to the horse you’ll be riding. This is what’s known as the “horseman’s handshake.” Offer your hand to the horse, so they can smell it; that way, they’ll be familiar with you on the hop on.

Always Wear the Right Gear

One of the biggest mistakes a first-time ride can make is not wearing the right gear and equipment. You should always wear long pants that can cover your legs and the proper footwear to be able to get up onto the horse. Close-toed shoes are preferred, but it’s important to ask your instructor for specific shoes that are meant for horseback riding.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Once you start riding, there’s a lot to take in. Being nervous is very common when you go horseback riding for the first time. You’ll be traveling at a faster speed, and the horse will be responsive to your movements. Don’t let these things get in your head or distract you because the horse is also relying on you for comfort and mobility. You never want to tense up because the horse may react to your emotions.

Always remember to take your first ride slow. If you’re looking to get into horseback riding or riding horses for leisure, get acquainted with horses. Take the process slow, so if you don’t feel comfortable with it, you can learn to get used to it.

At Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge, we have summer pack trips at our lodge in Dixie, Idaho that include exploring the backcountry on a wilderness pack trip on horseback. If you’re looking to explore the backcountry in Idaho and get used to riding on a horse, contact Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge at 208-842-2417 today or visit us online for more information.

The Benefits of Backpacking

The Benefits of Backpacking

It’s already May, which means it’s that time of the year to get out your backpacks, boots, and hiking gear and go backpacking through the wilderness. The great state of Idaho has some amazing scenery to get lost in with your friends and family. Backpacking comes with many benefits to your well-being, physical and mental… Continue Reading

Stay in a Bed & Breakfast Instead of a Hotel

Stay in a Bed & Breakfast Instead of a Hotel

Hotels may cost quite a bit of money when traveling. If you’re traveling to the Idaho backcountry, and you’re looking for a comfy and cozy place to stay, Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge Idaho Bed & Breakfast is the choice for you! Why Choose a Bed & Breakfast? A bed and breakfast is the best… Continue Reading

Plan Your Backcountry Trip with Us!

Plan Your Backcountry Trip with Us!

It’s the beginning of March, which means it’s time to start planning your backcountry pack trip with Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge for this coming summer season. We have so much to offer the outdoor enthusiast like you, your family, and friends. Summer Pack Trips in Idaho The backcountry of Idaho offers incredible hiking, exploration,… Continue Reading

Here are Some of the Top Hiking Boots

Here are Some of the Top Hiking Boots

If you’re an avid hiker, or you’re looking to start climbing into the hiking scene, it’s extremely important to have the right footwear to attack those Idaho mountains with. You want to make sure you have protection and comfortability while on those rough trails. Here are some of the best boots for hiking: Danner Mountain… Continue Reading

Snowmobiling this Winter in Idaho

Snowmobiling this Winter in Idaho

Idaho is home to some of the most amazing snowmobile trails in the country. The backcountry of Idaho is already remarkable during the warmer months, and in the winter, it’s even prettier and scenic with the unending terrain. Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge offers snowmobiling excursions and trips during the… Continue Reading

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