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Learn How To Ride A Horse

By Coleen Smith

One of the most magnificent animals known to mankind is the noble horse. Horses were a major part of human evolution, making work and daily life much easier. Now, they are simply animals that are reserved for the wealthy, in most cases, because they are expensive to keep and maintain. But the desire to learn to ride and own them definitely is not limited to the rich. If you or your child is interested in learning how to ride a horse, the best place to start is with basic horseback riding lessons.

The first thing that you should do is introduce yourself to the horse. Pet it, talk to it, and maybe even feed it while standing in front of or next to its face. It’s important to establish a positive relationship right at the beginning. From there, it would be important to lead the horse. The important thing here is to get control and be in control. Control is crucial in horseback riding.

A horse will know it if you’re afraid. You’ll never be able to gain control if you’re scared of the horse. You shouldn’t handle the horse roughly, though. You should be strong and firm.

Before you start, it might be beneficial to you to read a book or watch some videos regarding the subject. Lessons with a trained horseback riding instructor are a very good idea. Finding the right stable and instructor is key.

There are things that you can pay attention that will give you insight on the matter, in addition to interviewing the instructor. Of course, the most important thing will be to determine whether the horses are happy and healthy. If the horses are mistreated, you are best to move on. There are several wonderful places for horseback riding in Orange County.

This might be difficult for an amateur to detect, but you can look around to get some clues. How does the area look? It should be in good shape, clean and neat, but still bearing in mind that it is a farm.

Upon reviewing this particular farm, pay attention to whether other riders are wearing helmets. Horseback riding is extremely risky, especially for beginners, even though it’s a lot of fun and entirely suitable for children. See where you’re riding instructor stands on this point. From there, you should be discussing whether he or she will be with you to teach you how to properly ride the horse, or will an assistant be assigned to you.

Before you commit to the lessons, try to spend some time observing. Look at how the instructor is communicating with the other riders or students. If the pupils are at ease and having a good time, that’s a good sign. If they’re stressed, that’s a problem. You’ll quickly find out whether you want to sign up with lessons from this instructor. What about any challenges that arise with students or horses? How are they handled?

You should also ask if you are given the opportunity to spend time with the horse before your lessons begin. For example, you may be interested in grooming and saddling up the animal, making it a more real experience. If you can, try to find a situation where you will use the same horse at each lesson. This will give you the chance to have an ongoing relationship with the animal, giving you more control and more confidence with every lesson.

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Smith, Coleen "Learn How To Ride A Horse." Learn How To Ride A Horse. 16 Aug. 2010. 29 Oct 2014 <>.

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Smith, Coleen "Learn How To Ride A Horse"

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