Horse Riding ? 10 Valuable Tips for Beginners

Horse riding can be addressed as a sport for equestrians, leisure past time for some, or a mode of transportation to others. Riding a horse is not as easy as it sounds.  A rider will need to undergo basic trainings and lots of practice. An experienced and professional horse rider can help assist beginners on how to mount, ride, walk, and do simple trots in this fun activity. Here are some few tips for novices who would like to try horse riding.

Before anything else, prevention is better than cure as they always say. Having safety helmets, back protectors, and wearing proper attire are some preventive measures to ensure one’s safety.
Seek consultation and ask for a brief orientation to a horse rider expert. Seeking for a friend’s advice who is good at horse riding is nice but an accredited horse rider should be on top priority.
Make sure all necessary equipments for horse riding such as protective helmet, back protectors, horse saddle, girth and other equipments are completely available.
Given a chance, get to know the horse more. Establishing rapport can build trust and comfort to both the rider and the horse. This will help the rider relieved from anxiety and stress.
Allot time to practice the basics. Ask question and give reactions on certain procedures. Practice on how to mount, ride, rein, walk and dismount before riding a horse can boost confidence for first timers.
Preparing to ride a horse may take time. It needs grooming and proper setup of equipments. Try to be eager in assisting the trainer in dressing and grooming the horse. Hands-on training is a beneficial factor in learning.
Upon mounting, riding and walking the horse, remember to have a steady gait. Always keep your heels back down the stirrups, keep your back straight and chin up. Move along with the movement of the horse as naturally as possible while maintaining proper posture. Always focus and look on the path your going to go.
Practice is the key in becoming a good rider. Gradually practice the horse in making turns, walks and doing simple trots. This will help the rider get comfortable with the horse.
After several minutes or hours of horse riding, after care for horses is a must. Before leaving, make sure to check and feel the horse’s chest. If you still feel the chest is still warm, keep him walking. On the other hand, if it’s cool, that’s the only time a rider can remove the horse’s saddle and give a good groom. After which, the rider is good to go.
Lastly, keep it a point to make sure not to ride a horse without adequate supervision by a trainer.

These are some useful tips for beginners who would like to experience to ride a horse. Try to enjoy every learning aspect of horse riding. It will guarantee your next riding more enjoyable and fun. Horse riding is a fun activity to do. Be sure to have proper orientation and secured equipments to prevent injuries.

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Safety Tips For Horse Riding

Horses, no matter how well-trained they are, can be wild and fierce sometimes. Horse riding can be a dangerous sport if one is not careful. There are several things you should notice for your own safety when riding a horse. People might overlook the situations as trivials, however both you and your horse are likely to get into trouble ignoring these warnings.

 

1. Always leave your horse’s halter on the stall! Living here in So. Cal. It is imperative that the halter and lead be left on each horse’s stall because of the ever present threat of a fire where it’s sometimes necessary for total strangers, (firefighters and volunteers) to evacuate your horse where minutes or perhaps even seconds count.

 

2. Never leave your lunge line out in the arena or anywhere the horse can reach. If you turn your horses out in your arena never leave the lunge line where the horse can get to it. I made the mistake of doing so more than twenty years ago when I came down to the arena to put a sweet Quarter horse away after a turnout only to find him literally hog tied with all four legs wrapped up together in a bunch. It was absolutely comical except for the disaster potential it possessed. Luckily he was a very calm horse that didn’t panic as I methodically proceeded to unwind the line. Any other horse that didn’t possess his calm attitude could have been tragic.

 

3. Be careful leaving a treat bucket in your horse’s stall. We often leave a bucket of carrots or other supplements in the stall with the horse as we run off after a ride to our busy lives but it’s really quite dangerous as the horse can easily get its hoof stuck between the metal handle and the plastic. Play it safe if you must leave something in there and opt for a rubber flat feeding bowl.

 

4. Be careful feeding your horse its treat by hand. Before you know it you can train your horse to not only be a biter but he can become a complete nuisance constantly probing you and other things searching for a treat. Such behavior can wreck havoc upon your grooming routine and cause a simple tack up to take forever.

 

5. NEVER tie to a stall door or anything that could pull out or break! I actually saw this happen once at a barn we stabled out. A horse after being tied to the sliding box stall door set back and in an instant pulled the door right off of its track and went flying all over the ranch with a steel door dangling from his head taking out everything in their path as well as banging up the poor horse’s legs.

 

6. NEVER teach your horse he can open his own gate. We think it’s really cute behavior to have the horse push a gate open for us while we’re on them. I used to think it was adorable too until my very determined Appy mare went to push the gate open to leave the arena and finding it latched pushed so hard that before I could pull her up she flattened the whole side of the arena pushing every bit of it down flat to the ground. Boy did I feel stupid as she casually strolled across the mess to return to the barn.

 

7. Never leave the lead from the halter dangling in your horse’s stall. Had this happen also where one of my students didn’t properly tie the lead to the halter on the stall in a way to keep it out of the pony’s reach. The result was a horrible rope burn across the back of the pony’s fetlock because he had pulled it in and got it caught around his ankle causing a nasty infection and a hefty vet call and antibiotics.

 

Of course this is not a complete list of all the little things we do that can get us into trouble but it’s a start with the point being that we just need to be more mindful of all the dangers out there no matter how trivial they may appear. Remember one hard and fast rule; if there’s any possible way a horse can get hurt you can be sure he’ll find it! Don’t give him the chance!

 

Millie Chalk (White Star Woman)

Professional horse trainer for 25yrs. and author of historical fiction. Part Cherokee Indian I’m passionate regarding the current struggle of all the first nations feeling most akin for several reasons to the Lakota.

If you’d like to know more about anything regarding horses please check out my new website; http://backyardhorseman.com/

Horse Riding Training – Top 5 Tips Before Starting Horse Riding Lessons

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by sms467

My family has been involved in horse riding training for over 25 years and we thought it would be a great idea to share some of the knowledge we have built up. Also, as our 4 year old daughter is about to start her training we thought it would be great to share some of her experiences as she progresses.

I’ve put together my Top 5 Tips for you to follow before getting started in your horse riding training.

1. An important factor when you start your horse riding training is making sure that you take your time to find a good reputable training school using good training methods. The reason why this is important is because it’s easy to pick up bad habits. If you don’t take your time in finding the right training, then you run the risk of developing bad habits which are difficult to correct later. So do your homework, speak to friends who already ride, visit a few in your area and if possible watch some of the lessons to get a feel for the school or center as the feel can be just as important as the content of the lesson.

2. Another important consideration is what equipment you buy. It’s critical that you buy good quality equipment because you want it to last and be safe, horse riding can be harsh on equipment and riders especially when riding cross country.  Also, if you like the idea of entering horse showing events you will want to look your be stand buying the right horse riding clothing can help. If you make sure that you buy good quality equipment, then you’ll be fine.

3. You don’t have to spend vast amounts of money in order to start  training. All you need to do is read up as much as you can, knowledge can go a long way to building confidence when getting on to a horse for the first time.

4. Instead of complicating training efforts by buying a horse and equipment straight away, try it this way: contacting your preferred training school and part renting a horse, then as you improve your horse riding ability and you are sure it is the right hobby for you, then buy your own. In fact, if you contact your local stables, then you may find that there are horses available to rent and look after as if they were your own.

5. Have you considered sharing a horse with a friend. It’s not as difficult as you might think, and can help to spread the costs of looking after your own horse.

So if you really want to start horse riding training, following these tips can help make your experience a fun, safe and enjoyable one and one that you will want to continue for life.

Andy Day and his family have over 25 years experience in keeping horses and horse riding training. Together they share their experiences and knowledge to help you get started and have fun in your horse riding.

Foal Training Tips – Horse Training From Birth

Newborn foals capture our hearts and inspire visions of the potential they represent. Whether we love dressage, hunters, jumpers, reining, team penning, trail riding, or any other equestrian sport, foals carry our dreams on their tottering legs.

Thoughts of horse training seem premature as we watch a baby wobble around his dam. Yet this time period is key in a young horse’s development. He is a virtual sponge: his mind explores and absorbs all the information he can take in from the world around him even as he explores the limits-and the potential-of his body.

Any time we interact with horses we are training, for better or for worse. If we approach the first few days of our precious foal’s life as the foundation for an incredible future, we can achieve amazing results.

This is not to say we will be longeing our foal by day 2! I’m recommending a simple shift in thinking that will turn casual time with your newborn into positive training experiences.

Approach every encounter with your newborn foal with the thought that EVERY action you take will enforce two vital horse training fundamentals:

Humans are safe, even fun! Initially foals’ curiosity outweighs their fear. It can take only one scare to lose that precious trust. Move slowly and keep your body language non-threatening. Find their itchy spots and scratch, scratch, scratch. If they are sensitive, find where they enjoy being rubbed. Be a source of enjoyment and fun. Smile! It makes a difference!
Humans lay boundaries that are to be respected. Think of every visit with your foal as a horse training session. Think ahead about how the foal can “win” (remember in horse training, winning means the horse figured out what you wanted.) Set situations up where you are in a position to enforce your boundaries without being rough or abrupt.

For example, many horse owners approach their foals just hoping to touch that cute soft bundle of fur before he bounds away, which teaches the foal that humans can be evaded. Instead, approach casually, in stages. Go up to the mare and scratch her favorite spots. Turn to the foal only after his curiosity is greater than his fear. Give it as long as it takes, eventually he’ll come to investigate you. If his body language tells you he’s thinking of bolting, turn away before he does. If he starts to get pushy, gently back him a few steps to enforce your leadership. Humans are fun, boundaries are enforced.

Training is a lifelong journey for horse and human alike. Learning comes faster and lasts longer when you build on success rather than punish failure. Create horse training success right from the start!

Kirsten Lee produces extraordinary results for horses and riders!