Bandera is considered the “Cowboy Capital of the World” and has a greater concentration of ranches than any other part of the state. But there are other options too if you’re visiting another part of Texas and are interested in horseback riding, livestock demonstrations, or just a quiet place to stay in the countryside. Each ranch has something different to offer its guests, but these are 10 of our favorites you can visit in Texas.
Prevention: The Key To Success
In riding, the most frequent injuries are mainly due to falls and handling the horse. Concussions, sprains, fractures, or even bites are all injuries that can occur during this activity. They directly depend on your behavior beside and on your horse. It is, therefore, evident that prevention remains the best way to limit these risks of injury. A knowledgeable person and careful action remain the best assets in the practice of this sport with many assets!
Wear a Bomb (Helmet)
In the field of horsemanship, the helmet is called a “bomb.” Wearing this accessory is essential, whatever your level or the discipline you practice. Although it is not always mandatory for adults at riding centers, it should still be used by children. Carrying the bomb limits the severity of injuries in the event of a fall.
Always Be Supervised
Whether you are new to horseback riding or are keen on horseback riding, it is essential always to have some supervision when practicing your activity. Even if you do not always have an instructor by your side, it is recommended that there is still a responsible person near the place where you are riding. It can intervene in the event of an accident or a fall.
Maintain The Equipment
When you or your child go horseback riding, the maintenance of your equipment and that of the horse (saddle, bridle, bomb, etc.) is essential. It is necessary to check the condition of the equipment before each session to prevent it from breaking when you are on horseback. The state of the bomb is also critical so that it remains effective and protects you in the event of a fall.
What Does The Study Suggest?
Studies have shown that the risk of injury is higher in unsupervised private practice than in a supervised center. Concretely, 56% of the injuries referenced during the practice of horse riding occur in an intimate setting, while 23% of them occur during supervised training.
Listen, Beginners and Children
For beginners and children, supervision is essential. It allows riders to develop good behavior towards their horse but also to improve their technique. Besides, a trainer can observe the movements of the horse and the actions of the rider. He will therefore be able to see if everything is going well with the animal. A restless horse or poor communication between the animal and its rider can increase the risk of falls. If the coach notices an abnormal situation or dangerous behavior, he will give you the right advice to limit the risks.
If you or your child practice show jumping, supervision is also essential. As soon as you increase speed, the risk of injury is greater, and you should therefore have someone present by your side.