Embrace The Summer Season

Our Tips to Enjoy the Thrills of Horse Riding in the Warm Days

As the sun-kissed season of summer arrives, it’s time for horse lovers and enthusiasts to bask in the warmth and joy that comes with horse riding. The long days, pleasant weather, and lush landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for memorable equestrian adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a passionate horse lover, here are some tips to help you make the most of the summer season and fully enjoy the thrill of horse riding.


Plan Your Rides

Take advantage of the longer daylight hours during summer by planning your rides in advance. With more time available, you can explore new trails, venture into different terrains, or organize group rides with fellow equestrians. Research local parks, nature reserves, or equestrian-friendly trails in your area and create a riding itinerary to ensure you experience a variety of landscapes and sights.

Beat the Heat

Summer heat can be challenging for both horses and riders, so it’s crucial to take precautions to keep everyone comfortable. Schedule rides during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, to avoid the hottest hours. Invest in lightweight and breathable riding gear that offers sun protection and allows ample airflow. Don’t forget to pack plenty of water for both you and your equine companion, and consider using fly masks and fly sheets to provide relief from insects and direct sunlight.

Stay Hydrated and Nourished

Riding in the summer heat can quickly lead to dehydration, so it’s essential to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and take regular breaks to hydrate yourself and your horse. Additionally, pack some energy-rich snacks like fruits, granola bars, or carrots to keep your energy levels up during longer rides. Remember, staying properly fueled will enhance your riding experience and ensure your horse remains strong and healthy.

Mindful Grooming and Care

Summer can bring its share of skin issues for horses due to increased exposure to insects and allergens. Keep your horse comfortable by maintaining a regular grooming routine. Regularly check for ticks, flies, or any signs of skin irritation. Apply fly repellents or natural fly sprays to protect your horse from annoying pests. Additionally, consider using sunscreen specifically formulated for horses on sensitive areas such as the nose and ears to prevent sunburn.

Learn and Try Something New!

Summer is an ideal time to expand your equestrian horizons and learn new skills. Consider attending clinics, workshops, or riding camps that offer specialized training in disciplines such as dressage, jumping, or trail riding. This not only broadens your knowledge but also enhances the bond between you and your horse. Trying something new can bring excitement and inject a fresh sense of adventure into your riding experience. Perhaps this summer is also the first time youโ€™re going on a horse riding holiday or trail!

Organize Social Events

Summer is a season of gathering and celebration, so why not combine it with your love for horses? Organize horse-themed events such as picnics, barbecues, or friendly competitions for fellow riders and horse lovers. It’s an excellent opportunity to share experiences, build connections, and create lasting memories with like-minded individuals. Remember to prioritize safety and adhere to local regulations while planning these events.

The summer season presents a golden opportunity for horse riders and enthusiasts to revel in the joys of horse riding. By planning your rides, beating the heat, staying hydrated, practicing mindful grooming, learning new skills, and organizing social events, you can make this summer an unforgettable one for both you and your equine partner. Embrace the warmth, embrace the freedom, and embrace the beauty of horse riding during this magical season. Happy riding!

Discover our favourite Summer trails:

Tuscany Short Break

Portugal Wild Horses Trail

Greek Island Escape

Iceland Kjolur Trail

Colorado Drowsy Water Ranch

Not going this Summer, but planning a riding holiday later? Check our post about Where to Go When