Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

No matter which province you explore, there are always incredible horse-friendly trails for day and overnight adventures.
 
From rainforests to alpine meadows, from raging rivers to mirrored lakes, from vast prairie lands to rugged terrain, and from tranquil forests to breezy coastlines, spectacular scenery and bountiful wildlife await!
 
Just like any outdoor trip, carrying the Ten Essentials while horseback riding is vital. However, many riders make the mistake of packing the Ten Essentials on their horse. If the horse gets spooked and takes off, the rider could find themselves stuck in the backcountry without any gear at all. Always ensure you carry the Ten Essentials on your own person at all times to be prepared for the unexpected.

The Right Gear

Taking the Essentials:
  • Flashlight
  • Fire making kit
  • Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing
  • Navigational/communication devices
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket/shelter
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection
Leave a Trip Plan with responsible party, family member or friend.

Take equipment specific to horseback riding:

  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Warm, waterproof jacket & pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Comfortable riding pants
  • Warm socks, with extras
  • Sturdy, comfortable, waterproof boots
  • Bug spray
  • Binoculars
  • Trail maps
  • Well-trained horse
  • Properly-fitted tack suitable for the activity
  • Breast plates and cruppers for rugged country
  • Buddy rope on your saddle
  • Extra feed to prevent over-grazing
  • Multi-tool with wire cutters & pliers
  • Extras: pieces of leather or rawhide for repairs & spare horseshoe nails

As always in wilderness areas, riders should be alert for wild animals, especially bears, and take the necessary safety precautions. Become familiar with the terrain and climate and obtain current, accurate maps and information on the area. Respect the beautiful Canadian environment and other trail users:

  • Ride within your ability. Ensure your horse is properly trained and has the correct temperament and conditioning for the trails you’re riding.
  • Keep to the trail. Avoid tying horses to trees, even temporarily. Use a highline with tree-saver straps to tether your horse. Break up and scatter manure and fill in pawed holes. Pack out what you pack in.
  • Announce your presence and walk quietly when passing hikers, runners or other riders. Simply put, share the trail!
  • Join a trail-riding club – they work hard to preserve and expand your riding opportunities.

Saddle up and head out with your friends to explore Canada’s wild and wonderful outdoors!

Photo: NWTT/Terry Parker (banner); Tourism BC/Albert Normandin

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