RIDING GEAR & SAFETY
Horse safety and etiquette tips are provided in cabin notebooks and we strongly encourage guests to ask questions along the trail. Instruction is provided as needed and upon request, primarily on the trail.
Children must be 6 or older to ride. Out of respect to your horses, we have a 250 pound weight limit on all riders. Pregnant women are advised to check with their physician about riding prior to your Elkhorn visit. Elkhorn Ranch discourages riding during late-term pregnancy and does not allow loping at any time during pregnancy.
For your safety and comfort, Western style boots with a smooth sole, heel and no laces are required when riding.
CLOTHING & SUN PROTECTION
For your safety and comfort, Western style boots with a smooth sole, heel and no laces are required when riding. A brimmed hat with a safety string is recommended for sun and heat protection.
Excessive sun exposure is a concern in the desert. Sunscreen, hats, lightweight long sleeves and hydration are important. All hats must have a safety string, even brand new fancy hats! Boots and hats can be borrowed from the ranch lending closet. Long underwear, tights or pantyhose and long socks are helpful in warding off saddle soreness.
Elkhorn Ranch does not provide helmets, but encourages you to use one if makes you feel better about safety. If you choose to use a riding helmet, purchase it from a knowledgeable dealer that works with you to assure proper sizing and adjustment. Monitor use of the helmet to assure that it has not been damaged in a fall. Choose a model with ventilation and as much sun protection as possible.