“I’ve always wanted to do horse riding for adults near meadow,” I thought. “How can I get started?” I decided. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but with a bit of research I soon found a great place to learn how to ride. So here I am, almost a year later, enjoying the rewards of my new hobby.
Beginner Horse Riding for Adults
At first it was intimidating to think about spending time on a trail, especially when there are so many people who do trail running on their day off. However, once I got over my fear I began to enjoy the experience. There are a number of things that you can do to prepare before heading out on your trail running adventure. I’ll outline a few here:
Gather your equipment. I’ll want you to gather your own safety equipment as well as any special trail running gear that you may have purchased. You’ll need trail running shoes, a helmet, fleece clothing, and any other protective gear that you’ll need.
Plan your route. Now that you know where you’re going you’ll have a better chance of not getting lost or to at least find alternative routes if you become disoriented. Make sure that you plan out how long you’ll be gone on your trek. If you don’t, you may run into some frustration trying to find your way back to your car. A great route will help you avoid this and also make sure that you get to your car safely.
Plan your time. If you’re just visiting someone near you then you might want to try something different from the norm. If this is your first time trail riding then stick to short distances. For those who have been riding for some time they may choose to go on longer treks that will allow them to cover more ground and experience a bit more of the scenery.
Prepare yourself. The only safe place to ride a horse is in a safe environment. It’s very easy for an adult to get injured in the event that they get out of control or for someone to slip and fall. You should never go horse riding without proper attire and safety equipment. While it’s fun for an adult, they should never do it without a safety vest, helmet, gloves, and breeches.
Know where the trails are. Some of the best places for adults near Lexington are located in thewoods. This means that the trail leading to their trailheads may be in the woods. It also means that there will be no one to guide you so you can’t get lost!
Make sure to wear protective gear. A helmet will keep your head and face protected from anything that may get in your way. Your hands need to be protected as well. Make sure to wear a good pair of gloves so that you can protect your arms and fingers as you handle the reins. And don’t forget to put on your safety vest and breeches before you leave the parking lot.
Have a first aid kit on hand. The number one horse injury happens to riders who have no idea how to treat an injury. Even experienced riders can have accidents from time to time and need help right away. Even adults with experience need to practice basic first aid techniques at least once a year to prevent serious problems. If you take a class, make sure you bring along a first aid kit for after you get off the trail and into the woods.
Know where the trail head is. If you have an accident, you need to find your way back to the trail head. If you ride near another vehicle, they may not know where you’re located and it could become a big problem if you need to find your way back to the trail head. Some horses may also become spooked when another rider is close by and may try to run away. When you ride near another horse, make sure that you stay far enough in the trail to make it easy for the horse to find their way back to the trail head.
Know your horse. This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many new riders learn the hard way that they don’t fully understand their horse’s signals or habits. Make sure that you know where their trail head is before you ride close to them. Many horses will signal by bending their front legs toward the front of the trail head. You need to see them do this in order to give you your cue about where to ride next.
Take care of yourself before and after your rides. If you are able to keep your balance and your body unhindered, then you will ride much better than someone who has to hold themselves up because they are concerned about the horse or themselves. If your horse buckles or trips, let your horse know that you are OK and let him know what he is doing so he does not hurt himself while he is pulling you. Remember that all horses are different. You can ride your horse as beautifully as possible, but you can’t enjoy it if you are not riding properly.