CAVE CREEK SADDLE CLUB GUIDELINES FOR SAFE TRAIL RIDING
Each ride will have a designated
trail boss and one or more drag riders. These persons are responsible for
everyone's safety and enjoyment on the ride. Stay with the group, behind the
leader, and in front of the drag rider(s).
Proper equipment should be used
on all trail rides for the safety of the horse and rider.
Stay on the trail. Do not cut
corners. When the trail permits, side by side riding will provide an opportunity
ANY HORSE WILL KICK. A red ribbon
tied to a horse's tail lets others know it is a known kicker. Maintain a safe
distance between horses. Stay at least one horse length between your horse and
the horse in front, 2 - 3 horse lengths on hills.
Do not speed past or up behind
another horse, and never pass in dangerous terrain. When necessary to pass the
horse in front of you, call out your intentions.
Warn others of hazards on the
trail. When stopping on the trail, stop clear of other horses and advise the
trail boss and other riders why you need to stop. Do not stop on inclines or
declines, or in thick cholla, with other horses behind you.
NO--dogs, stallions, firearms, or
alcohol are allowed on club rides.
At the advice of insurance
agents, only CCSC club members are allowed on club rides. However, we welcome
and encourage guests. A one day trial "club membership" is available for a
nominal fee to accommodate guests and prospective members.
Riders will be 16 years of age or older.
Rides will be graded on a one to four basis to let the riders be prepared for
safer trail riding and to determine if they or their horse is qualified. Each
trail boss shall grade the ride and let the secretary know prior to sending out
CAVE CREEK SADDLE CLUB TRAIL RATING GUIDE
Easy, short ride,
mostly level terrain, few climbs or hills, good footing. Usually follows roads
or wide, well defined trails most of the way. 1 - 3 hours long.
footing. Some climbing and downhill, but not steep or difficult. Can go cross
country on mostly level ground. 3 - 5 hours including lunch break.
Footing may be
difficult in places, or rocky. May have steep climbs and down hills, and narrow
or precipitous trails. Requires confidence in your horse. 4 - 6 hours including
Steep, rocky, may
require horses to step up and down large rocks or negotiate narrow trails with
steep drop-offs. Requires total confidence in your horse. 5 - 7 hours including
SAFETY + TRAIL COURTESY = A GREAT TRAIL RIDE!