Riding a horse on a thoroughfare in the city or in an open countryside can be a thrilling and uplifting experience mentally as well as physically. However, if you’re someone who’s not adept when it comes to mounting and riding the equine, then you’ll need to pick up the basics from an experienced and skilled instructor. It might take years before you turn into a pro, and without mincing words it can be inferred that seasoned horsemen keep on perfecting the skills throughout their life.
Before you begin to start practicing on the tips, your first and foremost concern should be safety. Of course no gain comes without suffering a level of pain, but you should do your best to keep yourself from getting injured unnecessarily or else you’ll have to postpone your training session indefinitely. First, be properly attired and geared when you turn up for the training. Wear cotton full sleeve shirts or t-shirts, denim trousers or jeans and a sturdy pair of flat-heeled boots. Do not forget to don a helmet.
Try to position yourself somewhat squarely on the saddle hinging your weight more on your back. Keep yourself flexible instead of being too taut or else you’re likely to bounce more and thrown off when the horse suddenly gallops or comes to a stop. Communicate to the horse where you wish to head to via the reins and your legs. Horses happen to be intuitive by nature and can figure out your intentions quickly. Position the balls of the feet firmly on the stirrup for getting optimum balancing leverage while riding.
The reins should be held evenly without slacking them excessively regardless of whether you’re following the Western or English riding approach. Breathe normally while riding and refrain from holding your breath or else you’ll feel tense and also pass on the tension to your horse. Before you mount on the horse, let him or her smell your hand (the backside especially). This is a perfect way of establishing a bond with the swift-footed animal.