Horse Trail Rating Guide

Most organized rides give you a heads up on the level of difficulty, the below descriptions should give you a pretty good idea of what these levels actually mean!  I have no idea where I got this information, but it has proved to be accurate through my own experience.

LEVEL 1

Easy, short ride, mostly level terrain, few climbs or hills, good footing. Usually follows roads or wide, well defined trails most of the way. 1 – 3 hours long.

LEVEL 2

Generally good footing. Some climbing and downhill, but not steep or difficult. Can go cross country on mostly level ground.

LEVEL 3

Footing may be difficult in places, or rocky. May have steep climbs and downhills, and narrow or precipitous trails. Requires confidence in your horse. 4 – 6 hours including lunch break.

LEVEL 4

Steep, rocky, may require horses to step up and down large rocks or negotiate narrow trails with steep drop-offs. Requires total confidence in your horse. 5 – 7 hours including lunch break.

Happy Trails!


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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