If you decide to take a horseback ride with us while you are here in Utah, here are answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.
What Shall I Wear?
Be sure to wear good footwear (not sandals), wear long pants, and wear a tight fitting hat when you go out horseback. At higher elevations it becomes very easy to get a sunburn so have a long-sleeved shirt or at least a lot of sunscreen. It is wisest to bring a rain jacket of some kind, even if we end up just tying it to the saddle or leaving it at the ranch because here in the Zion/ Bryce Canyon National Park area, storms can come out of nowhere. If coming during the winter, I reccomend the warmest socks you can find and mittens rather than gloves.
Will I be Allowed to Lope on my Horse?
Short Answer: Maybe.
Long Answer: Most people who have been hurt on a running horse were people who did not want or expect to be on a running horse in the first place, or were arrogant and unwilling to listen to instruction. Whether you run or not depends on your riding ability and on how well you receive instruction at a walk and trot.
Being in the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park area, the terrain here is at some places quite rugged, so there are areas of our ride where we are able to hit higher speeds and there are other areas where the mountain terrain requires that we walk slowly. Simply put- we put safety first for both your sake as well as for your horse's sake.
Most of those who hit a lope here at Rising K Ranch do so in the round pen or in the arena while receiving more direct instruction that is possible on the trail rides. If you know you would like to lope, and you seem comfortable enough to do so, just talk to your wrangler about taking a few minutes to ride in the round pen after the trail ride.
What Should I Pack for the Day Ride?
You will either be given your own saddlebags for the horseback ride, or we may even bring a pack horse with us, so bring plenty of water and a lunch. Our trsils here are right between Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, some of the most beautiful country in the world, so many riders also like to bring a camera.
If booking online, you will pay by credit card at the time of your purchase. Our cancellation policy is simple.
If you cancel:
More than a week before the ride date you will recieve a full refund EXCEPT for the credit card processing fee; so you will receive the exact amount of the ride you purchased. (Example: cancelling the Cedar Trail Ride for 5 riders with a week or more notice will receive a $300 refund.)
More than two day's notice, but less than a week's notice before the ride will receive a 50 percent refund.
Less than 2 day's notice will receive no refund; but I will apply credit for any future date you may return to ride.
No call-no-show will receive no refund and no credit.
Perhaps, we should not say this on the website; but the truth is that we have never actually held anybody to any of these charges EXCEPT for the credit card processing fee and the case of the No-Call-No-Shows. As long as you give us as reasonable amount of time as you possibly can to let us know you have to cancel; we will do all we can to help you, esepcially considering how odd some things in the world have been lately.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call Rising K Ranch at: 435-590-8428.
For even more information about horsebach riding here in the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park area, be sure to check out our daily updated blog, called "Horse Sense!"