Horseback Riding Experience?


Our main priority is your safety.  So, we have provided the following information to help you have a safe and happy ride.

In order to have a safe and happy trail ride, you should ride a horse that suits your skill level.  No two horses are alike.  Horses are living, breathing animals with a mind of their own.  They are as diverse in their skills, mindset and experience as people.  Some are more “spirited” than others.  Some are easy going and others will try to take advantage of you. 

A horse can tell (the moment you sit in the saddle) whether or not you know how to ride, but your guide needs to know beforehand. So, if you don’t already know ALL the information on this sheet, please tell your guide that you are a novice rider with little or no experience.So, he/she can pick an appropriate horse for your skill level to ensure your safety.

1.      You mount and dismount the horse from the horse’s left side.

2.      To Mount: step onto the top of the mounting block. Hold the reins in your left hand and grab the saddle horn with it and then place your left foot in the stirrup.  Bring your right leg over the horse, sit down gently and place your right foot in the stirrup.

3.      Hold your reins low (no higher than the horn) and tight enough so that there is contact with the horse’s mouth, but not tight enough to pull his head back.   Do not let go of the reins the entire ride! The reins are your breaks and steering.

4.      If the horse is just standing there, do not pull back on the reins.  The horse will start backing-up or may even rear-up.

5.      Pull the reins right to go right, left to go left, and back (to your hips) to slow down or stop. Use constant pressure, but do not jerk the reins.  Release the pressure once the horse has slowed or stopped.

6.      To go forward, loosen up on the reins a little, giving a little kick with your heels and squeezing your tongue against your cheek making a click, click noise.

7.      Always try to anticipate the horse’s movement and react before it happens.

8.       If a horse is beginning to turn around or starts to lower his head to the ground to eat or roll; stopping him from doing so is always easier than stopping him after he is already doing it.

9.      So, the instant you sense your horse making a move to-turn-around or put his head down to the ground give him a signal to “move-on” in the direction your trail guide is going by clicking, kicking and turning the reins simultaneously.

10.   Do not stop your signals until the horse does what you ask it to do!   

Horses are heard animals.  Therefore, their natural instinct is to run away when they become frightened or alarmed.  Just like people… when out on the trail, they become more alert then when they are in the safety of their own home (barn).  If one runs off or tries to get ahead of another they all become “alarmed” and it is very difficult and dangerous to try to stop a horse that has become alarmed; even for an experienced rider.  So, please stay in a single-file-line to ensure the “calmness” of the herd. 


1.      HOLD ON and try to stay calm and balanced. 

2.      Sit back in the seat of your saddle, push your feet forward (in the stirrups) and say WHOA. 

3.      Hang on to your reins with steady and continuous pressure and try to slowly turn the horse in a large circle (if you can do so safely).  If your turn is too abrupt, you can cause your horse to become off balance and possibly fall.

4.      As you circle, begin to spiral inwards and make the circle smaller and smaller until your horse stops.  This is called a “one-rein-stop” and it is your emergency break!

The trail ride is mostly a gentle ride at a walk around the foothills.  If you would like the opportunity to trot or canter, ask about our leasing and ranch membership programs.  They are great for beginners wanting to learn more about horses and kids just love it!!!

Enjoy your ride…… feel free to talk, sing and tell a joke or two we are happy to have you! 


Annual Food Drive

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:34 PM by Susie Crigler   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 2:13 AM ]

RIDE A DAY, and Donate a Bail of HAY

One Bail of hay can feed 3-4 horses for a day

We donate as much as we can to save as many

Horses as we can in Temecula, Murrieta, Winchester, Wildomar, etc...

HELP US FEED THE HORSES, and take a day to go horseback riding in the Temecula Valley!

Some News

posted Oct 12, 2009, 4:33 PM by Susie Crigler   [ updated Jun 18, 2012, 5:29 PM ]

Fallbrook and Wine Country Rides available when requested (7 day notice for special trips)  up fern-lined canyons, across streams, and past waterfalls to magnificent vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the islands off Camp Pendleton.

We offer a variety of horseback riding experiences for every level of riding ability. Our horseback riding program includes 1 to 2 Hour Rides. We also do private rides, company group rides, and customized rides for special occasions. We have a great selection of fine riding horses for all ages, sizes, and riding abilities. Call now for reservations and more information.

Susie Q Ranch - Cowboy Bill - 951-501-9959 - 28330 Mary Place Murrieta, CA 92563 

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