Mystic Valley Farm - Get Ready To Ride

Ready To Ride

Being a horse person in Steamboat Springs can make our already short summer even shorter. There are just not enough days in the summer for most equestrians. If you don't have access to an indoor riding arena, you are confined to no riding or limited riding on country roads for the rest of the year. When spring finally hits, the trails don't dry up until late May or so. Even outdoor arenas take time to dry off. Then summer is here and riding sets into high gear, ready or not.

It's time to get on your horse, oops. Maybe a quick visit to the emergency room first. Don't count on your horse to be the perfect comrade your first time out or even for awhile. After skiing injuries, horse injuries are the top reasons for people to visit the emergency room here in Steamboat.

If you really want to have a positive experience with your equine partner, you need to take this sport seriously. Horses are not something you get out on a fair weather day, turn the key and head off. No, they require maintenance.

Steamboat has fair number of decent equestrian facilities. I recommend finding a facility that provides the care you need for your horse, environment that works for you, trainers of your discipline, and within close enough proximity to your home or work. Finding the right facility for you and your horse is the key to success.