Instructive Trail Rides
Information / Forms
Please read the Horse Safety Rules print it out and go over it together before coming out if you want to be ahead of the game. Safety is mostly common sense, but learning the psychology and what triggers a horse and how you must be his leader is “our program”.
GROUND RULES: YOU ARE LEADER IT IS WHAT YOU SAY:
He will respond to your correct actions.
Approach at shoulder; quietly, talk monotone to him while you pat/rub him, keep both hands on him, at all times. Shhhhhh noise won’t quiet him, sounds like a snake. Don’t raise your hands above your shoulders, unless you need a horse to get back in a pasture situation. Do not stand directly in front or behind him(blind spots.)Keep your hands both on the horse to go around to his other side. To keep him away use 1 finger. He should stay out of your space at all times, so you are not stepped on or bitten. Always watch his face, and front hoof.
Keep them on your hip, and hold them.
LEAVING/OR RELEASING HORSE:
Always Face a horse, leave, backing away then turn and walk off.
Always watch his face/ears. Especially when tightening girth. Angry, ears will be tightly pinned back. Warn someone, Say Watch it, he’s mad!
SPOOKING/PULLING BACK AT POST:
Do not be afraid, if he is startled at something, just stand back, and say it’s okay, then go back when he is quiet. If mounted, just relax it will pass and reassure him., by patting him and speaking quietly to him.
Left side Left foot, grab some mane, back of saddle, get up. Sit with back straight/ heels down/eyes up/watch his head. /Don’t apply pressure to his bit when he is stopped/he will back up. Instead release pressure by putting your hands forward in front of the horn. He will go where his head is pointed. hold reins with your hand closed around the reins, thumbs up and knuckles to outside . Rein/out of the bottom of your hand/to bit. Expect your horse to move forward if another horse does they herd together, but you be in control. When sitting still and walking quietly, give a bit of slack, so the horse does not feel direct pressure on his bit, he will relax.
No Fear, breath normal, keep him away from the rear end of any other horse. (Kicking Zone) Dangerous! In arena, you can pull your horse out and away from horse in front of you, and to left or Right.
pull out in direction you want to go, one reign ARM NOT BENT. To neck rein both reins are in one hand in a fist with your thumb up, put fist forward then cross his neck, in direction you wish to go, keeping your arm straight and going off the corner of his ear.
Smooch/cluck / kick with your heels in or squeeze with calves or a combo. Be sure there is slack in rein from your hand to the bit in horse’s mouth, no bent elbows, hands forward of horn. Point his head, and move him forward. Make him point his head at the tail in front of him, keep about 3/6 feet behind horse in front of you.
ONLY PULL BACK TO SLOW OR STOP YOUR HORSE, when horse is slow enough or has stopped, THEN RELEASE PRESSURE to his mouth by allowing slack again.
IF YOU FEEL SCARED OR HE STARTS TO GO TOO FAST:
Relax your leg away from his sides, heel down, leg forward, stay sitting straight. Don’t grab HORN at all. Keep your reins in focus, shortening them and pulling toward your belly, shorten reins again, pull again until he slows or stops and you regain your composure. Then SAY GOOD BOY. Don’t Scream or tighten your legs around horse. & He will stop.
HOW TO STOP ANY HORSE AT A FULL RUN:
If you get on a horse that is not laid back, and is easy to canter, and you feel OUT OF CONTROL, just shorten reins, and get his head, using just one rein, bring his head to the toe of your boot, be sure you release rein on the opposite side, focus on just him stopping his feet, and he will do small circles, do not release his nose until he fully stops moving his feet. Keep leaning into the center of your circle.
PASSING ANOTHER HORSE:
Do not allow your horse to pass another horse they are sometimes territorial.
When you go down hill /Lean Back. Going up hill you can lean forward.
Low tree branch, lean forward to go under it. /or push it out of way. Let the rider behind you know.
EXITING ARENA /TREES:
Pull horse’s head away from a tree or as you go out a gate watch your knee, leg, turn wide.
PLEASE PRINT OUT THE LIABILITY FORM AND BRING WITH YOU ONE FOR EACH RIDER & FOR MINORS FILLED OUT BY THEIR PARENT.
NO MORE THAN 6 RIDERS AT A TIME.
Kiddy Instructive Trail Rides in Arena Only:
Ages: 4 -8 yr olds
$20 for 20 min utilizing a trainer who can safety teach your child not to be afraid of a horse and how to have a proper seat and hands.
Trainer can lead rope the child’s horse to another horse, or parent can lead child around in arena while another parent watches & takes pics.
Trainers appreciate tips if you think they did a nice job.
Instructive Trail Rides:
3 of more Riders – $50 per rider
2 Riders – $60 per rider
(Ages 8 and up)
*Wranglers appreciate tips*
A wrangler will train rider in arena first and then move to the trail. It’s important to be in control as a rider. During our trail ride sessions, learn to be the horse’s leader. Our program develops better riding technique from posture to grip. Riders will gain confidence and knowledge of equine safety.
$50 Full 60 min. lesson on the trail & a pre lesson in arena
$15/15 minutes if you want extra time in the Arena or on the trail. per horse.
Expect to be at the ranch 1.5 to 2 hours, when helping get horses ready, mounting the group up, arena lesson, & training on the trail. They are walking only, to keep everyone safe. Any trotting or a canter can be arranged with your trainer/wrangler inside of arena only, after your trail ride is over. If you love to trot/canter, then we recommend you become a member here monthly, or owner.
First appointment of the day, groom and tack up the horse you are going to ride. If you are the last group session,you will help put the horse away, and feed, if you have time to. Let trainer know if you can help.
Book an Instructive Trail Ride
There is a convenience fee of $3 when using card instead of cash.
We appreciate and encourage tips for our wranglers!