How To Ride A Horse?

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How To Ride A Horse

The best reason to learn how to ride a horse is how pleasant is a good horse ride. This is because horses have managed to establish a good relationship with the human being, to the point that it is one of the animals that has adapted most to these.

One factor that has allowed this is how tame the horse has turned out to be.And although since ancient times horses have been used to help man in some important tasks. Some, such as transport and other work related to agriculture and construction, and currently the main function that they play is closely related to enjoyment, entertainment, passion.
More and more people consider horse riding very pleasant. Now, it is worth mentioning that even when riding a horse is a rewarding activity. It is not a simple task to achieve, and in this sense we can ensure that it is not easy to master this activity.
To achieve this, it is necessary to combine some aspects, such as: the type of horse we decide to ride and also the skill that the rider has, as well as others.

How To Ride A Horse: Getting The Right Gear

One of the biggest concerns that arise if you are a beginner in is: what do I need?

The first, logically, is a good saddle, which is composed of a chair and stirrups to introduce or support the feet. Footrests, which are nothing other than straps that connect the stirrups with the chair. Of course, the chair must be well attached to the animal, and this is achieved by means of a webbing.

Another important element is what is known as a brake or bite, which consists of a metal piece that is placed in the animal’s mouth and is responsible for transmitting the pressure of the reins. These reins are ribbons, or a single tape in several cases, of resistant leather with which the rider directs the horse.

Then we have the head, composed of different bands that fit the head of the horse, joining the reins with the bite.

And finally we have the whip, which is a kind of thin wooden stick also covered with leather and serves to give small touches to the animal and encourage him to walk and move.

Western Riding Position

Tips On How To Ride A horse

The character and strength of some horses may force you to be firm in your movements when riding, or that you need to impose yourself on certain occasions. But none of this requires suffering, nor violence towards the animal.

Nervousness, especially the first times we get on a horse, can become the worst enemy. If we are restless we will make inappropriate movements; or on the contrary, we will be too rigid to be able to empathize as necessary with the animal.

Therefore, before climbing, take a deep breath and trust your monitor and your horse.Keep in mind that horses are a living being, and as such, they can react at any time in somewhat unexpected ways.Therefore, we must be prepared to observe, understand, and react appropriately.
The saddle of the horse and your equipment is essential for the safe practice of this sport. Don’t forget your helmet, boots and appropriate clothes. Also, remember to check that the horse’s saddle is correctly positioned and fixed.
It is common to take a blow when we are learning to ride a horse, but unless you are taking a walk through a difficult terrain, or try to exercise at a higher level than you have, the fall is usually a simple scare.
Keep in mind, especially if you ride on the track, the sand cushions the blow, and the teacher will stop the class as soon as he notices that you are losing your balance.

Horse Riding  Benefits

The practice of riding a horse, not only provides fun and relaxation of the human mind, also gives many physical benefits. And this is because when riding a horse, the whole body is being exercised; It also brings benefits such as strengthening at the muscular level in important areas such as: the back, legs, abdominal area and also in the buttocks. And the reason is because to be able to ride a horse requires a very large physical effort,and also takes a lot of strength to ride a horse causing the whole body to be involved in order to master this practice.

Learning  How To Ride A horse

In view of the attractiveness of riding, more and more people are putting interest in learning the key techniques to do so and enjoy this experience. Among the focal points to learn, we can mention the following:

Before jumping into the chair, the first recommendation is to dedicate some time to establish contact with the horse.

I recommend you not to hurry, otherwise, you will not be able to establish a trust between you and the horse, and this is vital when performing this type of activities.
This is done for the purpose of building trust. Doing something like combing or stroking it beforehand will allow you to achieve that goal.
To start the experience, you can take the recommendation to use a mounting block.
Above all, when you are a beginner, the attempt to climb from the ground is not a simple task, which is why a mounting block results in a very appropriate option. The riding block must always be located on the left side of the animal.
It is recommended that another person hold the horse’s head, so that it is easier for you to get on it. If you do not have someone to do this, you can still hold the reins yourself without adding much attention but you must, at the same time, be firm. Otherwise, the horse can start walking.
In order to complete this step correctly and with less inconvenience, we recommend that someone hold the horse’s head so that you can climb and achieve the proper position; This is especially on the first occasions that you are trying.
In case someone does not hold the horse’s head, you can hold the reins, but you must make it strong even if you don’t stretch much, because you could cause the horse to start walking.

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Final Thoughts on How To Ride A Horse

Everything explained above has no other objective than to guide you in the journey of starting to ride a horse, something that for all those who love this wonderful animal, assumes a pleasant and advisable experience. We hope we have helped you.

Suzanne Cline is a Certified Horsemanship Association Certified Master Instructor in both English and Western riding.
Suzanne’s extensive background includes riding and teaching in a wide variety of venues from working with thoroughbreds at Keeneland race track to coaching the Collegiate Horsemen at Penn State as well as training several RIFNA high school show teams in Georgia. Her experience includes managing large lesson programs and a Warmblood breeding farm in Pennsylvania, working with the Girl Scouts of America and running many years of Equestrian Summer camps in North Carolina and Georgia.

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