Horse Riding in Springtime Top Tips
With sun comes sunny morning walks down country lanes and evening strolls across your local beach, what more could you and your horse want with the wind in your hair and sun kissing your skin? After a long, cold, wet winter, spring brings the promise of warmer weather and (hopefully) enjoyable rides in the sunshines. But what things do you need to keep in mind when horse riding in spring and where should you go riding?
It’s likely you’ll be spending lots of time outside with your companion on those sunny Spring days but remember that Spring is not too early for skin burn for both you and your horse, so make sure to get that sunblock on to prevent burns and blisters.
After covering our skin up for so long during the cold winter, we often forget to put suncream on in spring. But just because it’s not that hot yet, doesn’t mean you won’t burn. You could also invest in a horse bonnet to deter some of those sun rays and help keep your horse more comfortable.
The beach is a definitely a must to visit in the Spring rather than Summer due to tourist season. Holkham Bay, Studland Beach and Holy Island are all beaches that you can go on a lovely sunset stroll on with your horse and why wouldn’t you? It’s really every horse lovers dream.
Despite beaches sounding carefree, there are still some things to consider when getting those hooves in the sand, such as the safety of the beach, are there rocks or sharp items on the sand? Make sure you walk down the beach alone before riding.
Horses may get more tired on the beach due to the terrain so don’t go overboard on activity! Finally, it’s important to rinse saltwater off your friend and check the hooves for any damage.
If the beach is not an option, The New Forest or Pennine Bridleway are great alternative options with plenty of scenery and hours of fun for you and your horse.
Rainy days are not the most ideal time to go out horse riding, so sometimes it’s best to wait until the rain has ceased before taking your companion outside. Rain is not only cold and uncomfortable for your horse but there is also a lack of visibility, so avoiding roads is a must. There may be sometimes however when you have no choice, so it’s important to get yourself and your friend head to toe in high vis gear and try to avoid rush hour and busy roads.
After spending time outside with your horse, make sure you get him nice and dry when back in the stables, a nice fleece blanket can help – also check for any sores if you’ve had to put the bridle on. It’s a good idea in the wetter months to have a few rugs to alternate with so as one dries from the rain, the other can be worn.
Even if you can’t get out much with your horse, spending time in the field or in the barn brushing their coat can be time well spent. You can also catch up on those horse-based chores and check to see all your equipment and the barn is safe.
Before you take your horse on all these Spring adventures, make sure that your horses’ boosters and worming are up to date and get that dentist booked for a check-up, to ensure a risk-free Spring season.