West Virginia is home to many different activities that bring people away from their computers and out into nature. Obviously, we are a little biased towards whitewater rafting down the New River Gorge as a method to explore the area, but there are plenty of other ways to see different sides of the gorge. So, if you are looking for a fun and dry way to experience the great outdoors during you weekend getaway that is a bit drier, try horseback riding!
Babcock State Park is home to a local stable that provides guided tours throughout the park. These tours are a fun and unique way to get around West Virginia. This full-service trail ride winds up and down through the woods and along the water – so don’t forget your camera. We have made a list of some of our top tips for your equine adventure!
- Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes that have a heel.
- Fly spray and sunscreen are important! Don’t forget those.
- Wear clothes that fit closely, but not tightly. Loose clothes can get caught on things or cause rubs where they come into contact with the saddle.
- Stretch before and after your ride – especially if you aren’t used to riding regularly.
- Listen to your guide! They know where they are and what to anticipate with the horses.
- Don’t walk behind the horses!
- Ask your guide’s permission before feeding any treats to your horse.
- Hydrate yourself before your trip, you won’t want a ton of extra stuff to carry during your ride.
- Horses respond to your motions and attitude – so it is best to always remain calm and positive when around them.
- Have fun and enjoy your afternoon with your new four-legged friend!
Do you have any other tips for new riders? Leave a comment below!