Fall is here “Of Horse,” audience and The Pony Bloggers (Gucci, Sweetsie and Leggs) love fall trail rides. The air is cool, the bugs are gone and the views are spectacular. Fall trail riding also means hunting season.
Although incidents between horseback riders and hunters are rare, it does happen. Riders need to take extra caution. The Pony Bloggers have some safety tips for you.
First and foremost, avoid hunting areas. Riders need to know the hunting regulations and hunt locations before setting out on a fall adventure. Do not set out early in the morning or at dusk when it is difficult to see. Stay in open fields where you will be more visible. Do not travel through the woods during hunting season. Never ride out alone and always let someone know where you are heading and a time frame for your return.
The Pony Bloggers also love to get decked out in our orange polos, bell boot and saddle pad. Riders please wear an orange vest and dress up your helmet with an orange cover. Some other tips include for riders to wear tiny bells on their stirrups or on our bridles. Carry a whistle too. Please be sure your horses are accustomed to the jingle of bells, whistles and gunshots before you trail ride during hunting season.
Please do not bring your dogs during fall hunting season either. The dogs may end up face to face with some hunting dogs and a confrontation may erupt.
Remember to always be polite and respectful. Keep in mind trail riding is available to riders all year long while the hunting season is short. Hunters have their rights to so please take the time and cautions necessary. Lets all enjoy what fall has to offer. Happy Trails Everyone!