Prescott Horseback Riding Trips
Whether you’re a local, seasonal local or just visiting for a few days, a Prescott horseback riding trip should definitely be on your “To-do” list if you haven’t already experienced this unique way of exploring Prescott’s beautiful countryside. Prescott, AZ is proud of its authentic cowboy culture and most everyone interested in spending time in Prescott would certainly get enjoyment from this type of experience. From casual scenic strolls to steep, rocky hills, through the flowing water of the Verde River - there’s a ride for you. Some stables are very comfortable with beginner riders ranging in age from children to seniors, while others offer horseback riding trips for advanced, experienced riders.
Here are 5 Tips for Your Guided Horseback Riding Trip:
- You’re in the country now - so don’t expect everything to run on a perfect time schedule or exactly as described on the tour’s website. Weather, trail conditions, complications from a trip before yours, etc. are all pretty typical variables that make slight changes on a pretty regular basis. Be patient with your horseback riding trip guides. If you happen to have to wait while trip guides scurry to get ready for your ride, take a minute to enjoy the contrast of everyday life versus the adventure you’re about to experience. Slow down. That’s part of what all this is about.
- If you can, go for an earlier ride. Your guides are awesome, informative, entertaining and love what they do. But as with everyone, people (and horses) can get tired towards the end of the day. Plus, other guests on the trips before yours could delay or require a lot of attention from the guides before your ride. The earlier you go on your ride, the smoother your overall trip tends to be. This is not a fact, just an overall anecdotal conclusion based on stories and reviews.
- Drink a lot of water (bring some, too!) and go to the restroom before your trail ride. Especially if you’re not comfortable with squatting! There typically are no outhouses or port-o-potties on the trail. If you’re not comfortable going out in nature, make sure to take care of your business beforehand.
- The length of your trip that you reserve usually includes time for signing waivers and introduction stuff. If you sign up for 3 hour trip, expect to ride closer to 2 hours. There’s a few things your guides need to go over in order to keep you safe, while also getting to know you, your riding abilities and expectations for the trip. They shouldn’t have to do this on their time, so it’s on yours. We seem to think that’s pretty fair to everyone.
- Don’t forget to tip your guide! If you've enjoyed your guided horseback riding trip, please tip your guide well. The trip guides certainly do this for the love of sharing the experience with others and not to get rich. A monetary thank you for their time, experience, hard work and information is very much appreciated.
Have fun! Cowboys are pretty much the All-American icon. Even more so than baseball players and superheroes. It’s one the most American things you can do, and so few people in this country actually get to experience it! So enjoy this authentic piece of our heritage and cross one more thing off your Bucket List.
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