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Departure place: Buena Vista, CO

River: Arkansas

Horseback ride length: 2 hours

Departure time:  8:45 am

Minimum Age: 7

Price: $145 Adults and $140 children ages 7-12 (includes horseback ride and half day raft trip)

Ride only for $65

Limits: 300lbs for horseback ride

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Horses have always played a huge part in Colorado’s history, so why not experience that when you come to visit? Among the many adventure trips that KODI offers, one of the newest and most exciting is horseback riding.

 

Why Horseback Riding?

There is something horseback riding teaches riders about Colorado that they just can’t learn from rafts. What it feels like to move across the open plains or navigate paths deep in the woods surrounded by tall pines and unbelievable wildlife is something you and your family will never forget.

 

KODI offers guided horseback riding trips in Silverthorne, Buena Vista and the surrounding areas with the very best outfitters in the business. And before you go, make sure you check out some of the safety tips below!

 

Safety Tips While Horseback Riding

 

1. Choose the correct horse for your skill level

It can be tempting to seek out the most aggressive and wildest horse you can find on your first time horseback riding. But don’t fool yourself; part of horseback riding is relinquishing full control and affording a mutual respect to your animal. Never pick a horse that exceeds your skill level.

Your guides will always help you choose the right horse based on your skill level, and it’s important to trust their recommendations.

 

2. Inexperienced riders should never go alone

Horses are majestic, powerful, and potentially dangerous animals. You should never attempt horseback riding without proper experience, and the best way to ride a horse with no experience is to hire a guide to accompany you.

 

3. Keep your distance

Horses can be unpredictable, and they don’t understand how powerful their legs really are compared to humans. When horses get agitated or frightened, they’ll sometimes kick their back legs toward the object or direction of their distress. You do not want to be too close when a horse kicks like that, so make sure you maintain your distance from the horse in front of you!

 

4. Learn how to dismount quickly

There may be an instance where riders need to perform an emergency dismount if horses are scared or agitated. Never attempt to diffuse the situation while mounted, as that can lead to injury. Instead, learn how to quickly dismount and deescalate the situation from the ground.

 

5.Ride slowly

Just like picking the most powerful horse, it can be tempting for new horseback riders to test their limits by riding aggressively and fast. This is a sure recipe for disaster, and riders should always remain in control and ride their horses at safe, comfortable speeds.

Book Your Trip With KODI Today!

KODI is the leader in horseback riding and rafting trips throughout Colorado. We have expert riders and rafters to help guide you along your adventure so that you can have a safe, exhilarating, and unforgettable experience.

KODI is Colorado’s leader in all things adventure. Ready to book your trip? Give us a call at (877) 747-RAFT today!

Few activities embody the West like a good old-fashioned horseback ride through the Colorado mountains.

Somehow, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, and simply enjoying the outdoors are just a little better when sitting astride a saddle.

But, what are you to do if you have one day to play and you want to horseback ride and raft? Well, you book a Saddle Paddle trip, of course!

Get the best of both worlds with KODI Rafting’s Saddle Paddle. Pair a half day on Brown’s Canyon with a horseback ride in the Rockies. Make a full day of your adventure or break it up throughout your stay. We’ll even feed you lunch after your raft trip at our Outpost, nestled at the base of Mt. Yale!

Cool fact: Because horses’ eyes are on the sides of their head, they’re capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.

*Check-in is required 30 minutes prior to departure time.

**Wetsuits, booties, and splash tops and lunch are included.