There are so many different ways to experience the wilderness. You can ride bikes or go hiking. You can go on a driving tour and stop at scenic outlooks. But one of the best ways to experience a new landscape is by horseback. Horseback riding tours provide a unique way to immerse yourself in the outdoor world. Chances are good that you will find this type of tour near the ski resorts in the summer.
Here are three reasons you should consider a horseback riding tour on your next trip:
1. You can see more in less time
Horses are able to go where cars cannot. Like hiking, horseback riding allows you to have a more intimate experience with the wilderness, following trails that weave through the forest. Horses, however, move faster than your feet. This allows you to see more natural beauty in less time. You’re also afforded a prime viewing location, high on the horse’s saddle.
Even better, a tour will come with an experienced guide to lead the expedition. Unlike hiking, where you’re often on your own, a tour guide will help you find some of the most scenic local spots. You don’t have to worry about missing out when someone experienced is there to help show you the way.
2. You won’t wear out as fast
Horseback riding isn’t entirely passive (there’s a reason the phrase “saddle sore” exists), but it requires far less cardio than hiking. While walking up a steep mountain pass will leave you gasping for breath as your heart thuds in your ears, horseback riding will allow you to enjoy the foliage as your horse does the work. Horses are built for endurance and accustomed to walking up inclines and over different terrains, so you can rest assured that they are in their natural element. Your only job is to sit back and enjoy.
3. You’ll have a unique experience to share with your family
It’s not uncommon for families to go camping or hiking. Far fewer families take the time to go on a horseback riding excursion. This fun alternative brings with it an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. It’s the sort of tour that will be remembered for years to come and talked about frequently. It might even spark a lifelong love of horses and horseback riding.
So the next time you and your family decide to head to the mountains and enjoy the summer weather, consider a horseback riding tour. It’s a unique way to experience the wilderness, and it’s sure to be a long-remembered favorite!