Riding a horse is one of the best experiences in the world since it will challenge you on many fields from physical to mental. Professionals spend their whole life learning how to improve their riding skills, but we can’t be all professional and from some point, we have to start.
Protect yourself first
When starting to ride a horse for the first time, safety should be your top priority and you will want to avoid injuries. From time to time, we all heard misfortunate stories about people who had a bad experience with the horses. If you already scheduled your first ride, make sure to use adequate protection because you will feel more relaxed and you will enjoy more in your ride.
Use proper clothes and shoes
Most basic clothes you can use are boots that have heels and jeans, if you don’t have boots, sneakers can help. The one-inch heel will prevent your foot from sliding and it will protect your toes when you hit the ground. You shouldn’t wear short pants because your skin will rub the saddle and it will get irritated as the horse moves. Under no circumstances you should wear open toe shoes. Just imagine a horse accidentally stepping on your bare toe – you will pass out due to the pain.
Use a helmet
This is a must, especially if you are a beginner. You will have to use a certified helmet that is specially designed for horse riding. If by accident a fall occurs, a helmet will protect your head and these injuries are among the most serious ones.
Hold a balance while you are riding
While you are sitting on the saddle, move your body along with the horse’s. If you are stiff and tense, it will make your body bounce, follow its movement and in this way you won’t lose balance. Sit at the back part of the saddle – if the horse stops suddenly, you won’t be flying forward. But, if you sit too far back, you will be left behind if it suddenly hurries.
Observe your surroundings
Always follow horse’s movements and where you are going. Horses are magnificent animals and they will anticipate our every movement and read our intentions. Guide your horse in the right direction and use your legs and rein aids for that.
While holding reins, they should be loose
There is a difference between English and Western riders. Western riders use one hand to hold reins and they don’t have a contact with horse’s mouth, for that they have a small loop. Some of them hold the reins too long and they can’t always make a correction with them when needed.
Impersonate your horse’s behavior
When you are on the ground, introduce yourself properly to your horse. Give him the palm of your hand to smell it, that is known as a horseman’s handshake. To someone, it may seem strange, but in horse world it’s a pretty common thing and proper introduction that will help you and your horse to establish a bond.Read More