The 10 Commandments of Trail Riding

The 10 Commandments of Trail Riding

Follow these rules for a more enjoyable time while trail riding.

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Most of us enjoy a good trail ride, and it's even more fun when the group is all on the same page regarding trail riding etiquette. 

  1. Thou shalt not kill the spirit of the ride.
  2. Thou shalt not litter.
  3. Thou shalt not steal around another horse and rider upon the trail. Ask permission, then pass at a moderate pace.
  4. Blessed are the hikers and bikers, though they fear horse manure, for they will be allies in trail legislation.
  5. Thou shalt not have false expectations of the trail: Expect flies, expect mud, expect obstacles along the way and preparest accordingly. (And don't complain about acts of you-know-who.)
  6. Thou shalt hold the health and safety of your horse and others above all personal desire for fun, adventure or being first back to the trailer.
  7. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's truck and trailer, nor park your horse where he might ding them.
  8. 'Tis better to tie a single red ribbon in your horse's tail than to curse the person who rides into the kick zone.
  9. Thou shalt not assume that other riders need or want your assistance or advice.
  10. Honor thy horse's natural instincts above your own, forsaking gimmickry and false training.

Log Your Hours

AQHA's Horseback Riding Program is designed to reward AQHA and AQHYA members who spend time riding their horses. You don't even have to own an American Quarter Horse to participate! So start logging your hours toward great awards.

It's simple:

  • AQHA, AQHYA and amateur members enroll in either the American Quarter Horse or the all-breeds division of the Horseback Riding Program (you may enroll in both divisions)
  • Pay the one-time enrollment fee
  • Log the hours you spend in the saddle
  • Return the log sheets to AQHA or enter your hours online before December 31
  • Earn great prizes.