Trail Ride Safety Rules and Guidelines

At Soda Peak Outfitters, the safety and well-being of our guests are paramount. We pride ourselves on providing thrilling yet secure horseback trail rides amidst the stunning landscapes of Wyoming. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, it is imperative that all guests adhere strictly to our established safety rules and guidelines. These guidelines, crafted with years of experience and a commitment to safety, are in place to mitigate risks and foster a harmonious riding environment. From listening attentively to the trail guide’s instructions to maintaining proper riding positions and following group pace, every rule plays a crucial role in safeguarding both riders and horses. We kindly request all guests to respect and diligently follow these guidelines, contributing to a shared responsibility for a secure and unforgettable adventure with Soda Peak Outfitters.

  1. Listen to the Guide:
    • Always pay attention to and follow the instructions provided by the trail guide.
  2. Wear Appropriate Attire:
    • Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes with a small heel for stability.
    • Helmets should be worn as per the provider’s policy, especially for beginners and children.
  3. Mounting and Dismounting:
    • Only mount and dismount the horse when instructed by the guide.
    • Use mounting blocks if provided to mount the horse safely.
  4. Maintain Proper Position:
    • Sit up straight in the saddle with heels down.
    • Hold the reins correctly as instructed by the guide.
  5. Maintain a Safe Distance:
    • Keep a safe distance from other horses to prevent accidents.
    • Avoid riding too close to the edges of trails.
  6. No Running or Rough Play:
    • Do not gallop or run without the guide’s permission.
    • Avoid any rough play or sudden movements that may startle the horse.
  7. Stay on Designated Trails:
    • Stick to designated trails and paths provided by the guide.
    • Do not venture off the trail without permission.
  8. Be Aware of Surroundings:
    • Stay alert to your surroundings, including low-hanging branches and potential hazards.
    • Be cautious of wildlife that may startle the horses.
  9. Maintain Control:
    • Always maintain control of the horse, especially when going downhill.
    • Do not let the horse graze without the guide’s permission.
  10. Follow Group Pace:
    • Ride at the pace set by the guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
    • Do not overtake other riders without permission.
  11. Communicate with the Guide:
    • Signal the guide if you encounter any issues or feel uncomfortable.
    • Inform the guide if you need to stop or take a break.
  12. Emergency Procedures:
    • Familiarize yourself with emergency procedures provided by the guide.
    • Know how to use reins to control and stop the horse in case of an emergency.
  13. Respect the Horse:
    • Treat the horse with respect and kindness.
    • Avoid sudden movements or loud noises that may startle the horse.
  14. No Selfies or Distractions:
    • Do not take selfies or engage in distracting activities while riding.
    • Focus on the trail and the guidance provided by the trail guide.
  15. Follow Provider’s Policies:
    • Adhere to any additional safety rules or policies provided by the horseback trail ride provider.
    • Report any concerns or incidents to the guide promptly.

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