How to Horse Ride Like a Pro Edit
Equestrianism is a serious sport and should not be taken lightly. It is one of the most dangerous sports out there, as you are in no way in control of the horse. You are simply making suggestions. If you're blessed enough to have a good horse, he should listen and do as you say. Riding does not come easily and takes years (often decades) to be able to do it 'like a pro'. But everyone starts somewhere!
You will need to make sure the school you are riding at provides equipment.Do not go out and buy your own saddle, bridle, etc... because the chances of it fitting your lesson pony is unlikely. If you do need to buy your own saddle, etc.. ask the school about fit. You will probably be required to wear jeans and boots with a heel.
'Tack Up' the horse. The school will teach you how to do this properly.
After tacking up, you will need to get on the horse. To do this you must:
- Hold the rein and top of the saddle, and the back of the saddle with your right hand. (Always mount from the left of the horse)
- Put your left foot in the left stirrup and swing your right leg over the saddle, and put your right foot into the right stirrup.
After getting on the horse, you will have to hold the reins in a certain way to be totally comfortable. That certain way is:
- To put the reins through your little finger and the rest of your fingers, and put your thumb on top of the rein.
After going through all that trouble you will now have to learn how to walk.
- Walking is a 4 beat gait, and looks easier than it is. To keep the horse going, softly squeeze the horse's sides. Do NOT pull on the horse's face.
- Trotting, cantering and gallop will come later once you can stay on the horse and have better balance and knowledge. .
- Remember to keep your back straight.
- Don't be afraid, your instructor will help you.
- Be patient.
- Get on and off at the left side of the horse.
- Remember to thank your horse for a job well done.
- ALWAYS listen to your instructor.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Make sure that the teacher you choose is good at riding before you learn with him/her.
Things You'll Need Edit
- A horse
- An instructor
- Shoes with a heel (NOT high heels, a boot will work best)