Greenhorn Ranch requires riding assessment for riders desiring to participate on rides that include trotting, loping, or cantering. In order to maintain this offering, we must maintain a high level of safety. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of riders and horses. This assessment is offered daily and considers the following:
- Rider must be able to ride at a controlled trot or lope one horse length behind the horse in front of it.
- Rider must be able to maintain proper riding position for a western saddle, including reins, hands, seat, and feet.
- Rider must be able to follow instruction and cue horse effectively.
We offer basic horsemanship lessons daily, to assist you in learning how to avoid common position flaws and be safely balanced in the saddle. This will help you and your horse feel better during and after your rides. If advancing your riding ability is a goal while staying with us, we want to help you pursue this goal.
On the Trail
While you may love to relax and take in the scenery as you ride, it’s important to actively ride and act as your horse’s leader. As “the captain,” you’re in charge of where your horse goes and where he looks. A proper riding position will enable you to cue him effectively and let him know that you’re not just along for a ride.