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How to Ride a Horse (the Basics)
Mount your horse.This is done from the left side by putting your left foot into the stirrup and lifting your right leg over. You can also use a mounting block or a friend to help you up. Remember to always fasten the girth (a "belt" which keeps the saddle in place), otherwise the saddle may tip over. Land softly on the seat, so you won't startle or hurt the horse.
.Your stirrups should be about the length of your arm. You can measure your stirrups by putting the stirrup irons basically on your armpit and making sure your hand comes close to the stirrup bars. Do this while you are dismounted.
Asking your horse to walk.Make a clucking sound and squeeze his sides slightly with both of your legs. The right place is just behind the girth. If he doesn't respond, give him a little kick.
Stopping the horse.It's very important to know how to stop your horse or tell him to slow down. This is done by leaning very slightly back, saying "woah" (if it helps) ,and pulling gently on the reins. Be sure you aren't squeezing with your legs, so you don't give mixed signals.
Turning the horse.Your horse will turn left when you squeeze with your right leg and slightly pull the left side of the rein towards you to guide him. When you want to turn right, do the opposite. Horses move away from pressure..
Asking your horse to trot.Trotting is easy, but you shouldn't progress into faster gaits until you're confident with your ability to control the horse. When you want the horse to trot, you simply squeeze him with both of your legs and cluck. Again, if he doesn't respond, repeat your aids, . You may also kick the horse with both of your legs lightly if it still doesn't respond.
Going rising/posting trot.There are two types of trots, the sitting trot and the rising/posting trot. Sitting trot is sitting in the saddle and absorbing the bounce of the trot, but rising trot is easier. In rising trot you go up in every second step and on every other step you sit down. Trot is naturally bouncy, so it gives you momentum to get up. You basically push yourself up with your legs and stand on the stirrups for one step. The pace of the trot is quite fast, so you will basically be going up-down-up-down and so forth.The horse's pace will let you be lifted. Just go with the flow and don't rise higher than the horse sends you.
Asking your horse to canter after a few lessons with an instructor.Never learn to ride a horse alone. It's dangerous, and instructors can teach you the correct way to canter. The canter is the second fastest gait of the horse, after gallop. Cantering is quite a bit faster than the trot, but some think it's easier to sit in canter than it is in the sitting trot. You should start practicing canter only when you're on a steady horse and under supervision. The aids used to ask for canter are simple, you push your outside leg backward, toward the horse's rear and keep your inside leg on the girth and use the inside rein to bend the horse to the inside keeping the outside rein firm. Then you just squeeze with both of your legs and make a kissing sound. Be sure you are on the correct lead. You can tell if you're on the right lead if the horse's inside hoof reaches farther than the outside hoof.
QuestionWhat are the do's and don'ts for a beginner?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDo: keep your heels down; hold the reins out in front of the saddle with relaxed arms; sit with nice posture. Don't: lean too far forward or back; be afraid of falling; expect to be trotting/cantering/jumping soon (it takes time).Thanks!
QuestionHow long does it take to learn how to ride?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on the person, frequency of lessons, temperament of horses, etc. Some people learn quickly while others take a few years to master the basics. Don't get frustrated. Keep working at it and eventually you will learn.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get the horse to progress from gallop to walk?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhen you transition from a gallop to a walk, you are telling your horse to slow down (as explained in step #4). You should be able to walk, trot, and canter your horse safely before attempting to gallop a horse.Thanks!
QuestionWhat kind of gear should be used for beginners?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou don't have to buy proper gear because you might be wasting money if you don't like it but you will need a boot with a small heel, tight fitting trousers and your stable should provide a helmet.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if my horse freaks out? What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPull and release the pressure on the reins. This is called a half halt. It applies pressure on the horse's mouth without giving the horse time to set against the bit. Also, turn them in a small circle if they take off with you, and then calm them down.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I hold the horse's reins?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYour three middle fingers hold the reins, and your thumb and pinkie stick out.Thanks!
QuestionCan I learn to trot a horse in twenty days?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt really depends on the horse and your teaching methods, but yes, it can be taught in a matter of days assuming you and the horse are willing to work for it.Thanks!
QuestionWhy is the horse in picture #7 cantering or galloping?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBecause cantering and galloping is part of the basics of horseback riding.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if you don't have small heeled boots?DAILYN HARPERCommunity AnswerIf you don't have small heeled boots, wrestling shoes or thick soled sneakers should work. Just be sure not to stick your whole foot in the stirrup.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do you mean by "inside foot"?Redwing47Community AnswerThe inside foot is the foot facing the inside of the arena. The outside is the foot facing the rail. This is important for certain gaits.Thanks!
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- Learn how to tack and groom a horse before you ride.
- Be patient. It takes awhile to learn and get the hang of things, but it's worth it.
- The posting trot is also known as the rising trot.
- The gait is a horse's pace.
- Have an instructor when you ride! It's dangerous not to have an instructor.
- Learn the parts of the horse, the parts of the tack, and even all of the gaits.
- Be sure you at least somewhat know the horse.
- Try to sit up straight in the saddle and keep your toes up.
- Beginners should get to know the horse and earn its trust and respect, before mounting. Riding a horse that doesn't respect and trust you can be tricky and dangerous!
- When riding a horse keep your shoulders back and down.
- Hold the stirrups with equal tension in both hands when mounting the horse.
- The left-hand side is where you tie your girth on the horse. Also, keeping your heels down will help you stay on.
- If you're a beginner always ride under supervision, and ride only horses you know are safe and steady. Don't have bad habits such as rearing or bucking.
- Never attempt jumping without someone watching you.
- Use footwear with a small heel, because otherwise your foot could slip through the stirrup, and get stuck if you need to fall.
- It's not a good idea to wear jewelry when riding, such as hanging earrings or necklaces. These can get caught to the tack if you fall. Also, shiny things can spook horses.
- Always use a safety helmet approved the SEI, and it's a good precaution to also use a protective vest, even if you're not jumping.
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