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Horse Articles :: Horseback Riding for Beginners
Horseback Riding for Beginners
There are some things that just come natural to some. Some
people are almost born knowing how to stay on a skateboard.
Me personally, I fall flat just about every time that the
board moves. That's something that just wasn't born in there.
One thing that was born into my system was how to ride a horse.
It seemed I knew how to ride a horse from birth but didn't
start riding alone till I was three. That was mainly in part
to my beloved quarter horse Harlan who knew that I was a beginner.
So, would you like for me to give you some tips on how to
ride a horse?
When learning how to ride a horse one of the best things I
can tell you is to always keep your cool. If you lose control
of yourself, I have no doubt that you will lose control of
the horse. You know how people say that a dog can sense if
you're scared? Well so can a horse. Some will bank on that
fear as an easy way out of work. Even if you think that the
horse is some big animal and you have no idea how you'll ever
stay on you can not think that around the horse. You need
to stay calm and relaxed. If you get a little scared take
a few deep breaths so that you can slow your heartbeat and
relax yourself. Odds are, if you think you're in control,
so will the horse.
Now that you have calmed your nerves and told yourself that
you are boss, let's talk about how to ride a horse. There
are two styles of riding you can think about when you learn
how to ride a horse, English and western. If you haven't ridden
much I suggest a western saddle mainly because of the fact
that is holds you in place better and has a horn for you to
hang onto if you feel the need. An English saddle is lighter
in weight, has thinner stirrups and no horn to hang onto.
Some people swear by them for a beginner to build up balance
and all but I just feel safer in a western saddle. I figure
that if a cowboy thinks that they're the best to hold you
in I'll have to agree with them. You can work on balance once
you learn how to ride a horse a little better.
With the saddle in place, you can hop on and go for a ride.
When you first learn how to ride a horse you can't just hop
on, dig in your heels and think that the horse will just mosey
off. To make a horse go forward you generally will just have
to squeeze a bit with your thighs. Might need to move your
butt forward towards the horn a little to let them know you're
serious but being a beginner you should already be on a well
broke horse. A green horse and a green rider are never a good
combination when you first learn how to ride a horse. Green
by the way means that you're just learning. Don't go out looking
for a horse that will blend in with the grass. But once you're
up in the saddle and walking, you can guide your horse in
one of two ways. If you know that your horse neck reins, you
simply lay the reins across the left side of the neck to go
to the right and across the right side of the neck to go left.
If you were told that the horse plow reins, take one rein
in each hand and pull on the side that you want to go. If
you want to go right, gently tug on the right rein and vise
versa with the left.
These are a few simple things for those who are just learning
how to ride a horse. For those with experience in horseback
riding you might have your own ideas but these are the basics
that I teach my kids. And so far I feel that they know how
to ride a horse quite well for their ages and practice safety
procedures without risk or injury.
Did you know that 90% of falls and horse related injuries
result from an inexperienced rider? Don't let this happen
to you. Take a few minutes to learn the essential horseback
riding and horsetraining methods practiced by experts for
generations which are guaranteed to improve your horse riding
About the Author
Paul writes for the horse classifed site Think Horses where
they have a great range of horses