We're calling it: Bad Bunny and Kendall Jenner have inspired the perfect spring dating trend, and experts agree

It's true: Bad Bunny and Kendall Jenner are serving up major springtime dating inspo, and you'll want to follow suit

Bad Bunny and Kendall Jenner went horseback riding on a recent date
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While many deem the Bad Bunny and Kendall Jenner pairing to be less than ideal, we have to give credit where it's due: the two certainly know how to plan a fun and romantic outing. 

In the event you haven't heard, the new power couple just opted for a classic outdoor date idea, and we're thinking about copying it. (But we'll take a rain check on that dinner reservation, for sure.)

Bad Bunny and Kendall Jenner's horseback-riding date:

Giddy up! Kendall Jenner and Bad Bunny ventured over to the Hidden Hills Equestrian Center in Wilsonville, Alabama, for a ride on a few ponies over the weekend of April 1, and judging from TMZ's photo evidence, it appears the two were having quite the time on the trails. 

However, we couldn't help but notice that the "Yo Perreo Sola" rapper might not have been quite as experienced as Kenny, who donned riding boots and gloves and literally took the reins during their shared ride on a stallion. Regardless, the active date still seemed to be a perfect way to spend an afternoon with a new significant other. 

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If you're thinking about saddling up yourself, you'll definitely want to copy Kendall in the apparel department. (Safety first, folks!) Here's what you'll need:

Equistar Ladies' Zip Paddock Boot on Amazon

Equistar Ladies' Zip Paddock Boot on Amazon

Leather-lined boots with a front zip closure and side elastic goring for a personalized, comfortable fit. Half sizes available.

Jayefo Men & Women Horse Riding Gloves on Amazon

Jayefo Men & Women Horse Riding Gloves on Amazon

Adjustable, breathable and a grip palm, these black cotton gloves are available in sizes XS to L.

Santiny Women's Horse Riding Pants on Amazon

Santiny Women's Horse Riding Pants on Amazon

A mixture of elastic and spandex, these stretchy leggings have an inner knee patch with a suede half grip for comfort while saddling up. Available in 14 colors and sizes XS to XXL.

Dating experts make the case for outdoor activities

While the thought of "fating"—i.e. combining dating with fitness—is less than ideal for the Shy Girl Workout enthusiasts among us, experts encourage singles to get up and go while mingling with a new suitor. 

"Unlike a dinner date where you’re stationary and focused on exploring conversational topics, a fitness or activity-based date forces you (in a good way!) to be present and address whatever is happening at that moment," Shannon Smith, dating expert at Plenty of Fish previously told My Imperfect Life. "Conversation can flow more naturally."

You definitely don't have to go as all-out as if you were venturing to an Orange Theory class, but a little physical activity can actually go a long way. (No, we weren't referring to that type of physical activity, but if we've piqued your curiosity, do check out the popular 2023 sex trends according to experts.) 

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Meet the expert: Shannon Smith

Shannon is the resident dating expert at Plenty of Fish, a Match Group dating app with personalized connection options that help "create the same magic online that you would IRL."

With an activity like horseback riding, or perhaps even bouldering or simply walking around your neighborhood, you can expect a boost in your mood *and* interactions.

"When we exercise or do anything fitness-related, our endorphins get elevated, and our 'feel-good' neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and the 'love and bonding chemical,' oxytocin all rise, resulting in a better chance for a love connection," said Jaime Bronstein, a licensed therapist and the author of MAN*ifesting: A Step-By-Step Guide to Attracting the Love That's Meant for You.

Jaime Bronstein, The Relationship Expert
Meet the expert: Jaime Bronstein

Jaime Bronstein, LCSW is a relationship therapist, coach, and host of “Love Talk Live” on LA Talk Radio. Her book, MAN*ifesting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Attracting the Love That Is Meant for You, is now available for purchase.

Other fun outdoor date ideas to consider:

Convinced now? Like horseback riding, there are plenty of other physical activities that will require you to put in some muscle but won't force you to go overboard. (Nobody wants to be in a full sweat on a first date, right?) If you're expecting some sunshine and looking forward to meeting someone new, why not opt for one of the following activities: 

  • Kayaking 
  • Paddle boarding 
  • Mini golfing 
  • Rollerblading 
  • Biking 
  • Hiking
  • Bouldering

For more ways to form a connection, have a look at our expert-backed 2023 dating trends (both indoors and outdoors) that are sure to be a hit with hopeful romantics this year. Check 'em out: we're predicting blue skies ahead!

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.