Before your next big hunting adventure, there are a number of important things you can do to prepare. We like to talk about being in good physical condition, shooting your rifle and testing your boots and other gear. But there’s one other thing that we think can make a significant difference on your hunt.
If you don’t have very much experience riding horses, spending some time in the saddle before your hunt might be a game changer. We’ve had a few clients recently ask us questions on this topic and it’s something that we’d like to address in a little more detail.
Here are a few things you should know about horseback hunting trips:
Anyone Can Do It
Like the rest of your fitness training, horseback riding becomes easier with repetition and practice. Anyone can prepare for a horseback hunt. If you’ve had bad experiences on horseback trips in the past, it doesn’t mean that you’re hopeless. Cardio exercises aren’t easy at first. Neither is horseback riding. It just takes some time.
Riding Is Different
Just because you’re in peak pre-hunt condition doesn’t mean you’ll find riding easy. It requires a totally different use of your muscles. Hunters who are in excellent shape might be frustrated when riding kicks them in the rear. Like many activities, you’ll probably be sore the first couple of times you do it. That’s normal.
Get In the Saddle
If at all possible, work the kinks out before your trip. If you have access to a horse, spend as much time riding as you can. If you’re able, you might consider taking a lesson. A few helpful tips can greatly reduce fatigue. Try taking a half-day ride. Then take a full-day ride. Stick with it and you will notice the improvement.
Best of all, you’ll be in much better shape for riding that first morning when you saddle up for your hunt! Hunting vast expanses of wilderness on horseback is an incredible experience that you will never forget. Getting in better riding shape before your trip will make it all the more memorable!
If you have questions about our hunts at Kawdy Outfitters, please explore the rest of our website at KawdyOutfitters.com. We offer remote hunting in northern British Columbia for moose, mountain caribou, mountain goat, stone sheep and grizzly. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Written by Ryan McSparran
Ryan McSparran is an outdoor writer, a hunting and fly fishing guide, and very proud to be a part of the Kawdy Outfitters team.