5 Horseback Riding Tips for Beginners

Riding a horse for the first time can be scary, everything from actually getting on the horse to taking your first strides can be terrifying. Everyone starts somewhere and learning to ride a horse is just like anything else, practice makes perfect. Even if you have ridden a horse before, you might still want to learn how to ride with more confidence. We have put together a few of our top tips to help you gain more confidence when riding, whether you are a beginner or you have been riding a few times, these tips can help you. Check them out below…

1.    Always Wear a Helmet

The first tip, and the most important one – always wear a helmet. Like anything, horseback riding has its risks, and in case of an accident, you need to be safe and take precautions.

2.    Take It Slow

Slow and steady wins the race. It was the tortoise that won the race after all. You wouldn’t dive straight into the deep end when you are learning to swim, learning to ride a horse is no exception. Take it slow and take your time. Start with a stroll and you will be galloping in no time.

3.    Always Watch Where You Are Going

Just like when you are driving a car you need to be alert, you also need to watch where you are going when you are riding. It’s important to know what is going on around you not just for your own safety but for the safety of your horse.

4.    Know Your Equipment

Choosing the right equipment before your ride is essential. Knowing what sort of equipment you will need and how to use it will help you to not only have a more comfortable ride, but it will help you to stay safe. An essential piece of equipment is a pair of riding boots, choosing the right riding boots can not only keep your feet safe but it can help to improve your riding skills. If you need help choosing the right pair of riding boots you can read out tips here.

5.    Get To Know Your Horse

Your horse will be your companion. Just like you and me, they have their own personality, their own likes and dislikes, and their own unique qualities. Just like when you walk your dog and knowing what makes them feel comfortable and what makes them nervous, bonding with your horse and getting to know them is important.

6.    Ride Somewhere You Are Comfortable

You are probably already going to be nervous getting on a horse and riding for the first time and riding a trail that you don’t already know could make you even more nervous. Riding somewhere you already know and feel comfortable might help your confidence. You will already know what to expect and where you are going.

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