Three Tips For Having an Amazing Ride at Lost Trails Ranch

Three Tips For Having an Amazing Ride at Lost Trails Ranch

Trail rides at Lost Trails Ranch in Mulberry, Arkansas, are a ton of fun. However, hitting the trail with a new riding buddy can produce some anxiety.

The following tips can help you have the most fun on your trail ride, whether your first time or your hundredth.

Two horse riders, relaxed and enjoying a peaceful ride at Lost Trails Ranch, immersed in the tranquility of nature.

A Perfect Blend of Confidence and Serenity

How to Have a Successful and Fun Horse Trail Ride

1. Enjoy Yourself

We highly recommend approaching each ride with a positive attitude and confidence in your abilities. This mindset will go a long way in ensuring a successful and enjoyable experience.

When riding, showing patience and kindness towards your horse is important. Remember, they are living creatures with personalities and may need extra attention or time to warm up.

Additionally, having a sense of humor and being able to roll with the punches when your horse acts up, is stubborn, or goes poop on the trail can make all the difference. Stay calm, refocus on the amazing scenery around you, and dive into the experience. By doing so, you and your horse will have a more harmonious partnership.

2. Keep Calm and Ride On

When riding on a new trail or with a new horse, it’s common to feel nervous. However, it’s important to remember that horses can sense your energy. If you’re tense, it can make the ride less enjoyable for both you and the horse.

To stay calm and focused, take a deep breath and look at the majestic trees around you. Count to 10 as you exhale, and allow yourself to relax. Doing this can refocus your energy and help you maintain a confident demeanor.

Horses are intuitive creatures and respond to the energy of their riders. A relaxed rider will help keep the horse calm as well. The relationship between horse and rider is not one-sided, but rather it is an equal partnership where the rider must learn to adapt to their horse’s needs as much as the horse learns to follow commands. So stay relaxed and enjoy the ride with your equine partner.

3. Wear Protective Gear

Horseback rider wearing protective gear

Putting Safety First: Ensuring Our Well-Being and That of Our Majestic Equine Partners


Use a breast collar and a back cinch to prevent saddle slippage that could startle your horse or throw you off balance. Make sure they are well-fitted and adjusted properly.

A running martingale that is also properly adjusted will help keep your reins in place during moments of fractious behavior. If your horse becomes unsettled during the ride despite your preparation, a mecate-rein setup or a lunge line kept in your saddle bag can provide a way to work out the excess energy.

When going out on a trail ride at Lost Trails Ranch, we prioritize your and your horse’s safety. We take every precaution to ensure a safe and accident-free ride.

However, we cannot predict every eventuality. Therefore, we recommend that all our visitors, regardless of their experience level, wear the appropriate protective gear, including a helmet, when riding our beautiful trails. 

Don’t think you don’t need a helmet just because you’ve never had an accident before. Your safety is always our top priority.

Come Visit Us Yourself

While we’ve only covered the basics of trail riding, we’re excited to share our love of horses and get you on the trail. If you’re interested in learning more about the horse tack we use on our ranch or scheduling a trail ride or horse bonding session, please don’t hesitate to contact our hospitality team in Arkansas. 

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you plan your next event at our Education Center and lodges. Come experience the beauty of the outdoors on horseback with us.

Written by Taiye

Thursday, Jun 01

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