If you are a beginner in the horse riding field, brace yourself because I think horse riding is one of the most fun experiences in your life. In this blog post, I’ll share some horse riding instructions with you so that you all can make this experience more memorable and enjoyable.
The relationship of a man with a horse is centuries old. Centuries ago, horses were used for many purposes.
They were not only used for riding but were also used in war, work and carriages. After the automobile took over the transportation industry, people started to use horses for the purpose of recreation and exercise.
So, before you start your first horse riding lesson, here are some instructions that you should keep in mind:
Decide your riding style first
There are many different styles of riding but most common are English horseback riding and Western horseback riding. Before going out for your first horse ride, you should know the difference between English horseback riding style and western horseback riding style.
I won’t go into detail of this topic because I’ve covered it in a separate blog post. Click here to learn about the difference between western riding style and English riding style. Both styles use different types of riding equipment (tack).
The level of communication between a horse rider and the horse is also different in both riding styles. Another major difference between English riding and western riding is the position of a horse rider on the horse back. This position is different because of the difference in tack and equipment.
The size of an English horse riding tack is usually smaller than that of a western riding tack. The weight of English horse riding tack is also less as compared to western horse riding tack.
Learn how to lead, tie and groom
Before riding a horse, there are a few crucial first steps that you should know. When I talk about learning how to ride, it does not always mean the actual riding. There are a few important things that should be learned before actually riding a horse.
First of all, try to understand your horse. Learn his instincts. If this is your first time communicating with a horse, try to be friends with him. Horses are usually scared of people and things that they think are dangerous. You should try to make him believe that you are not something dangerous. Bonding is very important to build a relationship of trust.
To bond with your horse, you should learn how to lead, tie and groom your horse. These skills with help you stay safe while you can enjoy your horse ride. Leading is important to build a relationship of trust and friendship between you and your horse. Tying is important for the safety of your horse and grooming is important so that your horse can stay clean. Dirt is not attractive at all.
Now it’s the time to saddle and bridle up your horse
Now that you know the importance of tying, grooming and leading your horse, after learning this, the next thing that you should do is to saddle up your horse. There are many different types of saddles available in the market but the most common ones are English saddles and western saddles.
Western saddles are bigger than English saddles and they are also heavier than English saddles. To saddle up your horse, the first step is to clean your horse. Now, put a saddle pad on your horse. If you don’t have a saddle pad, you can also put a small blanket on your horse.
Putting a saddle pad before putting a saddle on your horse is important because it will reduce the friction that will cause by riding. In this way, the health of your horse won’t be compromised. Another benefit of putting on a saddle is that it absorbs perspiration and provides support to the back of your horse.
After putting a saddle pad on your horse back, the next step is to lift the saddle of your horse in such a way that it does not hit the horse. Put a saddle on your horse in a gentle way. Avoid throwing saddle roughly on your horseback because it will cause him to spook.
The next step is to check your saddle and the saddle pad for wrinkles. Both should lie smoothly on your horseback and there should be no wrinkles between a saddle and the saddle pad. If there are wrinkles, the horse, as well as the rider, might feel uncomfortable.
Click here to learn how you can properly sit in the saddle.
Now fasten the girth and you are done.
To bridle up your horse, the first step is to tie a horse for safety reasons. This is to make sure that the horse does not misbehave. Insert the bit gently in the mouth of the horse. Pull the crown of bridle towards his head and tie the buckles of your horse bridle.
Mounting up on your horse
The next step is to mount your horse. Put your left foot in the stirrup and lift your other leg so that you can mount on your horse. If you are facing difficulty in this process, you can ask a friend for help. Now sit properly on your horse back and ask your horse for a walk.
Click here to learn how to walk your horse.
A few more horse riding instructions
Now that you have understood some of the basic horse riding instructions that you should keep in mind before riding a horse for the first time. Here are a few more instructions for you and I think these are also very important. Continue reading.
If a horse is aggressive then, first of all, you should try to make him trust you. You can do this by extending your arm towards the horse so that he can smell it. Now pat him gently. This will help to create a bond between both of you.
If you are feeling insecure while riding a horse, then it is probably because your sitting position is not right. To solve this problem, try to sit with a proper rider’s posture.
At the end, if you think our horse is going very fast and is not even responding to your instructions then pull one reign and force your horse to move in a circular direction. By doing this, you can easily make him stop.
Here is a quick video on tips for beginner horse riders:
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