On the Trail

Trail Rider - - SEASONAL GUIDE -

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you em­bark on fall rides. • Pre­pare your horse. Fall is a great time to ride, be­cause the air is cool, mak­ing trail trekking easy on your horse. If the sum­mer heat has kept you from rid­ing much, slowly build up your horse’s con­di­tion over a few weeks be­fore you take him on a long fall ride. • Pack your sad­dle­bag. Carry a rain cover for your hel­met, a jacket, gloves, lip balm, sun­screen, and cell­phone. Also pack a small ther­mos filled with a warm bev­er­age. • Watch for trail haz­ards. Fall trail haz­ards in­clude frost, slip­pery leaves, deep pud­dles, and thick mud. If it’s been rain­ing, bridges can be wet and even icy, mak­ing it hard for your horse to keep his foot­ing. Be aware of trail con­di­tions, and ride slowly in ar­eas with tricky foot­ing. • Watch for wildlife. Fall can be a busy time for wildlife. Au­tumn is mat­ing sea­son for deer, moose, and elk. Males can be

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