Before Your Event


The right way to learn to ride and more.

Whether you’re visiting a Time To Ride® Challenge event, or any event that gives you or your kids a chance to meet, touch, or learn to ride a horse, there are a few things you should keep in mind to help ensure the experience is a great one for everyone involved.



  • Always listen to the person handling the horse. He or she knows the horse well and will help introduce you and the horse properly.
  • Wear a riding helmet if required by the host. He or she may have helmets available for you to use.
  • Bring sunscreen and bug repellent for outdoor events.
  • Bring drinks and snacks for you and your children. Some hosts will provide these, but better to have some of your own just in case.
  • Leave the family dog at home.
  • Relax and enjoy a fun, unique outing!



  • Feed anything to ANY horse without specific permission from the host or person handling the horse.
  • Let children wander unsupervised.
  • Scream, shout, or make loud noises close to the horses. They have very sensitive hearing and some will react negatively to sudden sounds.
  • Be afraid! The horses you will meet have been selected specifically for their calm temperaments and affection for people.


You can find a list of horse-related events near you here.


Follow Up And Learn To Ride For Even More Fun

At many Time To Ride Challenge events, the host will invite you to return for a more one-on-one experience such as a riding lesson so you or your child can decide if you want to go further and really learn to ride. If you enjoyed your Challenge outing, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity!

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