Plan A Horse Back Riding Vacation
Knowing how to plan a horseback riding vacation is easy with a little thought and common sense. There are many places in the world to explore on horseback. There's nothing like the feel of trotting through the woods on a horse. Traveling this way allows you to become "one" with your horse, nature and the elements.
Keep these tips in mind while planning your horse back riding vacation.
- Choose your horseback riding vacation spot. Decide what part of the world you would like to see and do an internet research on what kind of vacation plans they have that feature touring by horseback. If you have little riding experience, don't choose a mountainous or rocky area; a flat desert or beach would be a better choice.
- Do research on what’s needed for the trip. Do you need a passport? Is the horseback riding vacation all-inclusive or are there extras you must pay for? What kind of currency is accepted? How skilled of a rider must you be? These are just a few questions to get you started on your research. If going to Canada or Europe, you will need a passport.
- Know your skill level. Don’t choose a horseback riding vacation in treacherous terrain if you’ve only ridden a few times in your life. Ask what level rider you should be and if they offer any lessons before the vacation begins. Be realistic and upfront about your skill level and experience. Doing so will help you have a better vacation and less stress while riding.
- Take the appropriate clothing and equipment. Ask if you need to bring special clothing, hats, gloves, riding boots or if they are provided. Wearing the proper clothes for riding will help you and your horse stay comfortable during a long day of trekking. Unless you ride often, don’t forget to take aspirin or Advil and some tiger balm salve for sore muscles.
- Compile information about your horseback riding vacation for your family and friends. In case of emergency, make a list of where you are staying, include name of hotels, addresses, hotel room numbers and phone numbers to leave with your friends and family. Don’t forget to take medications and medical history information with you.
- Have fun. After all the work you’ve done planning your trip, don’t forget to have fun. This vacation will be one you will remember all your life and you'll want to share your experience with your friends, so don't forget to bring your camera. If you are a bit of a photographer, you can even offer the hotel the use of your pictures for their brochures.
Seeing the world from horseback can be a great experience when you prepare properly for the trip. Get excited and make plans for the best horseback riding vacation ever. Make this vacation a family affair, talk your friends into joining you and you'll have something wonderful to talk about for years to come.
- Make friends with your assigned horse before you begin you trip. A little bit of apple or carrot is a perfect treat.
- Never stand directly behind the horse. You may be accidentally kicked.
- Always approach the horse slowly and from the side where they can see you coming. Horses startle easily.