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Horseback Riding - Riding Tips

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The most important thing in improving your riding is to RELAX. Every horse is different. Learn something from each one you ride. Don't expect to become an expert rider in a very short time. Ride and have fun, and learn as you ride...


* Leave your wallet and loose change in your room or car

* A heeled boot or shoe is best

* Long pants are always recommended

* Tight jeans / heavy seams cause chafing & saddle sores


* Advanced rides - require that you are able to sit in the canter & control your horse under all conditions

* Intermediate ride - you will walk and trot

* Beginner rides - you will walk at a leisurely pace


* Place the ball of your foot in the stirrup and keep your heels down. Don't slide your foot in as far as it will go; you won't lose your stirrups & you'll have a better seat in the saddle

* Always keep comfortable pressure on your stirrups


* Keep your hands in front of the saddle horn, resting on the horse's neck.

* Ride with one hand and be gentle, our horses neck rein.

Riding Tips

Stopping the Horse

* Pull the reins gently toward your belly button

* When the horse stops, push your hand forward again to put some slack in the reins.

* Using the word "WHOA" is helpful, too

Riding the Trot

* Western style trotting means you must keep your hips loose with just enough pressure on the stirrups

* Keep your seat heavy in the saddle and let your body be a sponge to absorb the bouncing

Riding the Canter

* Arch the small of your back and sit slightly forward with just enough pressure on the stirrups

* Relax at the waist and roll with the rhythm of the horse

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