Cape Farewell Horse Treks

Basic Safety & Manners While Trekking

For your own safety and enjoyment:

-  Be sure to be honest about your experience level as both the horses and the guides will notice what you are and are not capable of doing and we do not want to disappoint by refusal of a trek for safety concerns.
-  It is a requirement that you wear one of the helmets that we provide or           bring you own.
-  Always practice the basic instructions your guide gives you as the more you participate the better you get.  Horses are not machines set on auto!
-  Always wear covered in shoes NO sandals or jandals.
-  Show respect for the horse and his size and strength.
-  When approaching a horse please let him know you are there by speaking calmly to him and coming from the side, never from behind.
-  When passing a horse at the rear ensure there is plenty of space between yourself and the horse.
-  Children are to be supervised at all times and kept away from the yard until we are ready to help them mount their horse.
-  We have an age limit of 7 years plus as we trek out in all terrain and require a child to pay attention, keep their feet in the stirrups and fit our saddles.  We DO NOT have ponies (small horses).
-  When mounted and out riding never wrap the reins around your hands hold between palm of hand and fingers.
-  Horses spook at loud noises or sudden movements be aware of your actions.
-  Pay attention to your horse and your surrounding at all times.
-  We often ride through paddocks that contain farm animals, be aware of them, they can often appear out of hiding places.
-  Always follow the guides instructions they are there to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
-  If you are nervous or suffer from a physical disability or illness please make sure this is made clear to your guide so we can help you in anyway neccessary.
-  Riding a horse is a physical activity that requires you to use your body so a measure of fitness is required.
-  We DO NOT allow babies or toddlers to ride on the same horse as an adult this is a dangerous and preventable risk.
-  When you are riding please be aware that you are working with your horse, you do have to use commands and be an active participant.
-  Take notice of your environment and the horses behaviour, you will hopefully become confident with his personal characteristics and actions.  These are intelligent animals.
-  When trekking do not invade another horses space, make sure there is plenty of room between horses, you do not know the status of your horses within the herd dynamics and this will prevent biting or kicking.
-  Horses can be frightened by sudden movements.  Do not throw things from the back of a horse to each other and when removing clothing make sure the guide knows so they can stop and help you with this.  Flapping clothing must be done up and secured so as not to scare any of the horses.
-  When the guide gives you instructions please pass this information on to the person behind you as they may not have heard.
-  Do not cut in front of another horse this may result in a bite or kick.

Horse riding is mostly common sense, and your horse will try his best to look after himself as well as you, work with him :)  

Happy Trekking

Horses are very intuitive animals, they will figure you out easily and we will try to match their personalities and skills with your own to make this a pleasurable experience for all.