Tips on Learning to Ride a Horse


| 11/30/2015 11:25:00 AM


Tags: horses, equine, riding, falling off, getting back up, Kellsey Trimble,

Like many starry-eyed little girls, I fell in love with horses at a very early age. I never thought it was a coincidence that I was born in the Chinese Zodiac year of the horse. Despite this love for everything equine related, I did not grow up riding much and we couldn’t afford a horse. I only got the occasional opportunity to ride, and I always jumped on it.

It wasn’t until a year and a half ago I really started to pursue riding. It has its ups and downs, like anything in life, but even on a bad day I know that I’m gaining valuable skills. And whether it’s riding or mucking stalls or just spending time in the barn, it’s amazing how being in the atmosphere can clear your mind and renew your spirit.

Here are some tips that might help if you are a beginner.

Have a goal in mind. When I started riding, I simply wanted to get comfortable riding and working with horses. I quickly realized that having a more solid goal in mind helps a lot. You will always be learning how to ride, so to speak, as every time you’re in the saddle you are developing as a rider. Whether your goal is to show horses or to hit the trails for a relaxing ride, having tangible checkpoints along the way helps you see your progress.

A good horse will carry you on a relaxing ride and provide draft power where it's needed. Photo by Fotolia/Tyler Olson.

Rae
12/4/2015 5:04:43 AM

ALWAYS wear a helmet, not just while you're learning. I've been riding horses for over 40 years and like a seat belt in a car, I'm never without a helmet. Even the most experienced horse & rider can trip, or get knocked down in a group. Heck, I have an acquaintance who lost her life just popping up on a horse to check a saddle fit, in her yard, without a helmet. Horse took one step, tripped and she fell and hit her head on the fence post.


Rae
12/4/2015 5:04:22 AM

ALWAYS wear a helmet, not just while you're learning. I've been riding horses for over 40 years and like a seat belt in a car, I'm never without a helmet. Even the most experienced horse & rider can trip, or get knocked down in a group. Heck, I have an acquaintance who lost her life just popping up on a horse to check a saddle fit, in her yard, without a helmet. Horse took one step, tripped and she fell and hit her head on the fence post.





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