Horseback riding is an outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by almost every member of the family, regardless of age.
While the outdoor horseback riding experience can be extremely relaxing and even therapeutic, there are some basic safety tips that need to be remembered when out on the trails. This article will discuss the essential barefoot riding safety tips, as well as a few tips for how to avoid injury when riding barefoot.
What Are The Barefoot Riding Safety Tips?
Before heading out on your family barefoot riding excursion, follow these barefoot riding safety tips.
First, strap yourself in. Make sure you wear a helmet and body armor, and that your headgear is snug. Make sure to check your hair or facial hair for spikes or metal objects.
Second, check your riding gear before you leave home. Make sure that your boots fit snugly around your foot. There should be no spaces between the parts of the boot. Your leathers should be clean and not torn. You may also wish to check the straps of your shirt to ensure they are snug.
Third, find a secure and sturdy spot to ride. You may want to leave your horse in your living room while you go get a beer of coke. This is not recommended if your small children are in the house. Secure riding stables are ideal. Secure, stable stables are metal buildings or structures covered with metal railings or railings. Any stable that is out in the open can be dangerous, and especially for the small children, you should avoid any stable with planks of wood across the central plank.
Lastly, check your tools before you leave home. It is important to check your boots and leathers before you leave home for the ride. Find a friend that rides and ask them to check all of your tools. This is especially important if you have young children in the house.
How To Avoid Injury While Riding Barefoot?
1. Check your riding gear thoroughly before you leave home. Find and open gas tanks. Check that the seams of your pants are not zipper’d up. Find the buckle of your helmet and check that the strap is secure and does not extend past the strap loop on your helmet.
2. Shovels. The snow can pose a risk if you are not paying attention. You should wash your shovel frequently and check that the blades are in good condition and the bristles are not bent.
3. Shovels. Snow shovels are not an easy item to transport, particularly if you ride in a van or RV. If you are riding barefoot or in stroller or small child, you should carry your snow shovel in a ski rack or similar device. You can check for proper shovel fit by using a strap or similar around your waist and yanking on it until it releases. If you must ride barefoot, ensure that your boots are snug on your feet and that the laces are tight.
4. Gloves. Before you ride, make sure that your gloves fit well and that they are clean. If you have young children, make sure that they are wearing gloves. It is easy to allow one to go barehanded and fall off the bike. They may have little to no control over their glove so they may fall and hurt themselves.
5. Snowshoes. Are they waterproof? Are they securely fastened? Are they securely fastened to the bike? Are they securely fastened to your feet? Does the strap around your waist and ankle area go past the lace on the inside of the shoe? This is especially important if you are wearing socks or your shoes. If the strap is loose and allows the shoe to open, the snowshoe may fall open and vulnerable to the weather. Also, are the bindings on the shoe secure? Do they not allow the shoe to separate from the toe?
6. Helmets. Are they sealed? Do they seal well on the helmet? Are the lenses clean? If the helmet does not seal well on the inside, moisture inside the helmet can enter your visor and get trapped. If you have older children or even adults who do not ride often, get a good, sealed helmet to allow them to enjoy the experience of riding bikes without eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, or eye pains.
7. Wrist straps. How are the wrist straps? Are they secure and do not allow the wrist to hang loose?
8. Seat post assembly. Are the seat posts securely fastened? Are they snug around the tire? Are the screws located in a good, secure, location? This is especially important if you are using a non-standard wheel setup.
9. Wheel assembly. Does the wheel come with a wrench? If not, how well is the wheel and tire locked together? Is the wheel secure and does the tire sit on the tire rim?
10. Bike pump. If you are going to be pumping the bike frequently, get a pump with a long nozzle. This allows you to circulate water throughout the tire. Also, consider getting a pump that holds water long enough to reach the bottom of a deep hole. This will allow you to clean up mud and sand that is trapped in the tire and inside the tube.
What would you change or add to your list? What makes you feel most comfortable and secure on your bike?