Unnecessary impacts can be avoided
by planning and preparing for your ride before you leave from home.
Take the trip before you take the Trip
Educate your Self
- Check with Local Land Managers for regulations pertaining to and any permits that may be required for the area you will be riding in.
- Do you have maps of the area or a GPS avoid leaving trail markers,
- if you must use a marker to find your way, remove them on the way out
- What are the current weather conditions for the region you will be riding?
- Unfamiliarity with a regions weather patterns such as thunderstorms in mountainous areas can cause flash floods.
- Are there any trail closures or wildlife considerations you need to know about .
- Consider the abilities of all members of the group before planning difficult rides.
- Do you have first aid training and supplies for you and your horses
- Place experienced horsemen in the lead and at the tail of the group
- The Use a whistle or walkie talkies to communicate any trouble, can aid in keeping the group safe .
- Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, avoiding arriving late or being on the trail after dark
- Evaluate your ride when you are finished. What could you have done differently to better insure the safety and well being of all in your group.
- Do you have proper fitting gear - for yourself and horse
- Have you brought clothing for all weather conditions, conditions can change quickly in the mountains.
- Insect repellent and sun screen
- Avoid times of high use to increase the enjoyment of your trip
- Bring a camera to remember the adventure