Things they never told you when you prepared to perform an equestrian route on a horseback ride
This post is intended to contribute with some ideas on what we should consider when we prepare to perform an equestrian route in our holiday on horseback. For this we will take into account what you must carry, the assessment and other issues of utility to make the equestrian route an unforgettable experience.
The organization of an equestrian route will be different if it is done alone or in a group. It will also differ if it is a day, two or more days. If you have the possibility to spend the night in a mountain shelter, in a cabin, in a camp or in a hotel. As well, if you have a support vehicle.
In principle, to make a solo equestrian route has more difficulties because the rider does not have the support of a companion. Not only in the case of an accident, but also at the operational level on the ground. For this reason, it is not advisable these rides on horseback alone, especially those that last more than a day.
Things you should carry along
If you choose to do so, you should be familiar with the mountain, with outdoor riding, with all the guidance and orientation, feeding, hardware and first aid techniques. In any case, the rider should carry with him a list of important telephone numbers and why not a cell phone or satellite, although the satellites are a little expensive and difficult to operate and obtain.
The equestrian route begins to take shape when it is performed between two or more people, up to a number between six and eight riders.
Trained personnel can be of help
The majority of the companies dedicated to this type of activity have trained personnel who already have solved the possible problems that arise related to: knowledge of the area, orientation, horses fitting, first aid, and why not, they replace the lack of company.
Moreover, many of these companies have a very careful logistics; for example, have satellite phones that allows us to communicate with whoever we want from anywhere. Considering all this we should not worry about the size of the group or logistical issues, we only have to worry about enjoying the routes and unique places that we will meet on horseback.
Start easy and make the trips longer
Two days of trekking is a reasonable period to begin on equestrian routes. A week is an excellent time. Ten days or fifteen days allows you to reach extremes of great fullfilment. More than fifteen days requires a greater capacity of resistance that not every rider has it.
If you go in a group, you have to think about the collective needs of each one that form the expedition. The organization of an equestrian route will have to foresee if the group would be camping, using mountain refuges with places for the horses, hotels or a combination of these options.
When it comes to the accommodation, be nice to yourself
This last option, it is perhaps the best, since it makes the experience more enriching and it is always good to have comfortable places where we can take a shower and sleep in a good bed. But also, must be taken into consideration the places where the horses can rest in corrals or fences and not tied, which usually happens in camps, because it is the only alternative that they do not escape.
Generally, when camping in tent, the level of adventure is higher because you can stay at more inaccessible places. On the other hand, the mountain refuges allow us to share a little more with the culture of the locals and a good hotel gives us a higher level of comfort.
It is also a very good alternative to take into account the support vehicle that carries all the necessary things; such as the luggage of riders, food, etc., and also to people who are exhausted or who for some reason have to leave the route.
The adventure starts from the first moment
In the preparation, recognition of the route, the preparation of the stuff and also from the distribution of roles of the riders. It is always desirable that all people who participate in the activity should have a minimally knowledge of each other before to begin the route, because the character of each of the riders is exacerbated in cases of cold, heat, thirst, or fatigue. It is essential to have an excellent group coordinator, who knows how to handle the different situations that arise with and between the riders.
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