4 Aug 2017

Back in the Saddle: Discovering Banff by Horseback

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Ready to throw on your cowboy hat and take in the splendour of the Canadian Rockies? Banff Adventure’s Horseback Riding trips give families and individuals a fantastic way to take in nature atop some of our friendliest four-legged companions. From quick trail rides to full-day excursions, we’ve got an option for every rider. Saddle up, and follow these tips to make sure you make the most of your time on the trail!

Cowboy boots are optional, but you’ll want to have the right gear

Even in hot weather, you’ll want to make sure you dress appropriately. Long pants, especially denim will protect you from chafing from the saddle. Even on shorter rides, the friction caused by constantly rubbing up against the leather can leave painful red marks on bare skin. You’ll also want to wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, ideally with a small heel to keep your feet in the stirrups. The right shoes will help you keep your balance and prevent you from slipping and sliding once you get moving. Finally, make sure that no items of clothing have the potential to get tangled in equipment. Scarves, loose shirts, sweaters, or other baggy clothing can pose a significant safety risk and should be avoided.

Stay Hydrated, and Protect Yourself from the Elements

While our trail rides are relatively tame, horseback riding is a form of physical activity and can be physically demanding, especially in hot weather. Plan to bring a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated, and even on days where the sky is cloudy, do yourself a favour and protect your skin with sunscreen. Bug spray can also protect you against some unwanted bites from hungry insects.

No Horsing Around

Horseback riding is one of the most fun ways to travel, but it’s important to remember that horses can be skittish by nature. Even though the horses used on our trail rides are exceptionally well trained, gentle natured, and well-behaved, there are a few best practices you need to keep in mind. Avoid coming up from behind, or within the horse’s blind spots, and observe any body language carefully. Sudden movements or loud noises may startle the animal and put everyone in danger, so if you’re bringing little ones, it’s best to help them understand what to expect ahead of time. Remember: always listen to your trail guide, and pay attention at all times you are around the animals.

Have fun!

For first time riders and veterans alike, exploring on horseback is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with nature. If it’s your first time in the saddle, expect that you may be a little sore later (you’re using a unique combination of muscles!), but know that you’re in great hands. If you’re looking to extend your adventure, you can pair our rides and Cowboy cookouts with other activities via our various packages.

Ready to kick up some dust on the open trail? Contact us today!

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