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HORSEBACK RIDING

Search the HorseandTravel.com directory for horseback riding. You'll find hundreds of trails listed in every state across the country, where you can take your horse(s) and go riding. Short trails for just a day out horseback riding, long distance trails for a weekend horseback riding trip. Click on any state below to search for the horseback riding destination you've been dreaming of!

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HORSEBACK RIDING

Horseback riding can be the most enjoyable and relaxing way to become one with nature, to grab a piece of our ancestors way of life and relive it, to enjoy all the world has to offer. However, it can be much more complex than just jumping on a horse and yelling “yah”.

STYLES OF HORSEBACK RIDING

Western Style Horseback Riding: A very common style of horseback riding gets it’s name from the western part of the states. Back in the old days and even now, western horseback riders had to cope with unique elements of driving cattle and riding for very long periods of time. Therefore a special saddle, “the western saddle” came from the sixteenth century Spanish conquistadors who originally designed their saddle for war. From there, Mexican ranchers evolved the saddle so it worked much better for ranch type duties such as, pulling heavy tools and materials or even roping cows. That is why the western style saddle today has a horn on the front and is build more for toughness as well as comfort.

In western style horseback riding only one hand was used to hold the reins as the other hand needed to be free for roping, gun slinging, and other tasks. If you can imagine your typical cowboy for the old west running cattle and working on the farm, this will accurately depict the style of riding. The type of training of the horses for western style horseback riding includes being trained to move side to side and even backwards so ranchers can maneuver cattle or heavy equipment while watching what they are doing.

English Style Horseback Riding: Another common style of horseback riding was brought to America from England long ago. It became very popular in the eastern states, where people rode horses as a social activity, not to do a job. Since the English used their horses for much different reasons, such as contests eventing and show jumping or games such as polo or fox hunting. They needed a much different type of saddle, which is very light, much thinner, and designed for appearance with smaller and simpler stirrups. The thin flat style allows the rider to be closer to the horse and more in control of the horse’s movements. There is no horn on the front of the saddle because there is jumping involved and the rider needs to lean forward. The bridal is also smaller and simple yet still stylish.

In english style horseback riding both hands are used on the reins to control the horse. With one hand on each of the reins, the rider has much better control of every move the horse makes. This is important when it comes to competing in shows, jumping, and dressage. The type of training the horse needs for english style horseback riding includes jumping, small accurate movements, and staying balanced. Since appearance and style are very much a part of english horseback riding, the clothes are very formal and old fashioned, and how you sit in the saddle is very important.

HORSEBACK RIDING SAFETY

1. It is always best to wear a riding helmet that fits properly.
2. All riding equipment should be maintained and inspected completely before riding.
3. Don't wear loose-fitting or baggy clothes. Properly fitted boots and nonskid gloves are a must.
4. Making sure your boot fits in/out of the stirrup is very important.
5. Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cellphone.
6. If you're riding alone, always tell someone where you're going and how long you plan to be gone.

HORSEBACK RIDING: PLACES TO RIDE

This site was designed to be a resource for horseback riding, from horseback riding trails and campgrounds to bed and breakfasts with horse stables and dude ranches set on the open range. There are hundreds of trails across the country, state and national lands with marked trails for horseback riding. Find local trails that you can visit in a day or venture to another state for a weekend or a week of riding and exloporing new places. You can choose any state (above) to find some great horseback riding trails. If you’re looking for a place to stop for the night while traveling with your horses, click on overnight stables in the navigation bar or click here (Overnight Stables).

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