Horseback Riding: Out on the Trail

An easy 1, 2, 3, on horseback riding.

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Theodore Martinek

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The miles seem to have gone by in a flash, yet more still seem to lay on the path ahead. You look behind and the view of five others trailing behind you are swaying in an almost rhythmic fashion. Then, from underneath you, a massive beast of almost a ton neighs and prances around a bit, then settles again. Your trip on horseback has been good so far, and for the next few days, you do not expect much of a change.

1. Gathering the Necessities

The most important thing, aside from the horse itself, is the saddle. While riding bareback is an option, only more experienced people dare to try it. There are stores all around the country that specialize in selling horseback riding equipment, both new and used. The second most important thing is a sturdy pair of shoes. No, you do not need to go out and buy a fancy pair of bedazzled cowboy boots, but a nice pair of sneakers or hiking boots will work perfectly for you.

2. Location, Location, Location…

If you are looking for a trip or trek, every hiking trail and forest preserve in the country will tell you what is allowed on the trail. Whether it be a ATV, bicycle, or in this case, horseback riding. All of the Lake County Forest Preserves allow horses on the trails and paths. There are trails all over the country, in the National Parks, throughout the Appalachians, The Rockies, and Smoky Mountains. It Is a matter of how far away you want to go and what you want to see.

3. First Steps

Now do not just go online and buy all the tack and set up a meeting to buy a new horse online. Go and check out any local businesses, see if they offer beginning classes and sign up if they do. With them you will learn the rudimentary basics of riding, and with time, if you want, you can get your own horse to take out to trails and competitions.

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