On a trail, our hearts race, our adrenaline shoots up, and it is not uncommon to feel dizzy. Fear is the most natural response to any danger. For example – when you are climbing a steep hill, you may feel knots in your stomach. That is in anticipation of all the things that can go wrong. This gives you the opportunity to make sure those things do NOT happen while you are riding your horse on any wilderness trail.
We bring you the six survival tips that have helped thousands of riders and travelers around the world on safaris, treks, and trails.
Check your saddle
We have seen so many saddles slip and flip during our years of horse riding experience that it is not so exceptional in the amateur training rings anymore. When on a trail, the simple mistake of not checking your cinch can become life-threatening. This is something we have seen in numerous big-league races on TVG.com as well. Always check the cinch. If you do not know where to check, always ask the expert guide.
Scrutinize your bridle
The safest way is to hire or purchase a headstall with an attached throatlatch. Some horses need an extra fastener around their jowls to stabilize their throatlatch. Always check that there is about three-finger’ gap between the leather latch and the horse’s jaw. Your horse needs to be comfortable to be able to complete a trail.
Learn how to apply an under-bridle leather and lead
Make sure you do not leave your halter and lead rope in tangled loops where the horse can tangle and fall. The horse needs to have sure-footing while traveling along the steeps.
Remove tie-down before crossing waters
Any tie-down can become life-threatening for your horse if you do not remove it before stepping into the water. This usually happens when the ground or the rocks are slippery. If the horse slips, he can tangle himself in the tie-downs and drown.
Do not forget your headgear
A riding helmet is a must for all riders, amateur, and veterans. No matter how hot or mucky it is, a helmet minimizes the danger of riding a horse on a rocky terrain. Go for modern designs with room for air flow.
If you are planning to travel through vegetation and if you are thinking of camping out, you cannot go wrong with a strong insect repellent. Even your horse is susceptible to mosquito bites and insect bites, and become irritable. So carry a repellent specially formulated for horses too.
When you are traveling to the unknown for a thirst for adventure all on your own, always carry ID. Intimate your friends and family about your plans so they can check up on your wellbeing at the stopover sites. If you do not make it from one stop to another on time due to bad weather, sudden sickness or confusing routes, your friends and family can alert the authorities. It is imperative that you make achievable plans and stick to them while you are on any trail.
Author Bio: Silvia Watson is a freelance content writer. She has written many good and informative articles on different categories such as technology, health, fashion, education, career, travel etc. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently associated as a blogger with https://www.tvg.com/