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Horseback Riding: A Beginner's Guide

Horseback riding is both a sport and an art form. It's an adventure that allows an individual to connect with nature and experience the world around them at their own pace. Luckily, there are many opportunities to experience horseback riding in the U.S. National Parks. In fact, it's a favorite activity among visitors who may not otherwise have the chance to ride a horse.

Those who are new to horseback riding should refer to this guide before they begin their excursion:

Equipment that is Required for Horseback Riding

Even the most experienced horseback riders need to wear and utilize the proper equipment before they get on a horse. This is the gear that is recommended for those who are new to horseback riding:

  • Long Pants — Long pants are best for riding horses. You do not necessarily need riding pants if you are going on a tour for beginners, but long pants are ideal.

  • Boots — Again, you don't need to invest in riding boots for your first experience, but you will want to wear closed-toed boots while horseback riding.

  • Helmet — A helmet is necessary for any horseback rider, regardless of their skill level.

  • Safety Vest — A safety vest is not required, but it is recommended for those who are new to horseback riding. A safety vest will protect internal organs in the event of a fall.

    Tips for First-Time Horseback Riders

  • Introduce yourself to your horse. If you have booked a guided horseback riding tour at Grand Canyon National Park, take a moment to connect with the horse that you will be riding. Note that you can stay at the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim and conveniently access all the park's amenities.

  • Book a tour. You will feel more confident and secure if you embark on a horseback riding excursion with an experienced guide. For example, if you stay at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, you may be able to book one of the nearby horseback riding tours that are available at Bryce Canyon National Park. There's no better way to see the hoodoos than on horseback.

For more information on how you can enjoy horseback riding in the U.S. National Parks, contact Forever Resorts today.


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