The Ultimate Guide to Horse Riding

A person riding a horse jumping over a fence

Horse riding has been around for thousands of years, but it’s still one of the most enjoyable activities anyone can partake in. This sport appeals to people of all ages and skill levels, and there are plenty of different types of riding you can try, from Western to English to dressage. If you’re new to horse riding or just looking to expand your horizons, this ultimate guide will help you achieve your goals while improving your horsemanship skills in the process.

Types Of Horse Rides

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If you’re a horse enthusiast, you probably already know many different types of horse riders. Depending on where you live, some rides might be easier to find than others. If horses aren’t native to your area, they might even be illegal! Regardless of what type of ride you’re looking for, they all have several vital things in common. You need a saddle and bridle to participate. Most (if not all) will require participants to sign liability forms agreeing not to hold anyone liable for injuries sustained during a ride.

Getting Started

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Before you even get on a horse, there are some things you need to know. First, never approach a horse from behind—this is its blind spot. Always make sure that it can see and hear you; if a horse becomes spooked, it can kick or run away. However, don’t ever touch or bother a sleeping horse. While horses may seem peaceful when they’re asleep, they are still very aware of their surroundings and wake up extremely fast if disturbed while resting. Always give horses plenty of room so that they can feel comfortable as well.

Horses 101

So, you’ve decided that horse riding is suitable for you. You want to know how much of a commitment it is, what sort of physical shape you need to be in before you start, and what your riding style will look like. Maybe most importantly, do you get to ride a horse? Horses 101 lays out everything from equipment and gear (what do all those tack names mean?) to standard equestrian terms. It also covers safety issues, so no matter if you’re looking at trail riding or competitive evening, there are no secrets here.

How To Choose A Horse

When you’re first getting started with horse riding, it’s crucial to choose a horse that is well suited for your skill level. While everyone may be excited about owning a horse, only some horses are suitable for beginners. When choosing a horse, look for one that has a gentle and loving temperament. Horses that have experienced abuse or neglect may also be great candidates if they can be appropriately rehabilitated with training and care.

Final Lines

A cardinal rule of horse riding is always to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. When riding in unfamiliar territory, it’s essential to know where you are going so that you can return on time while avoiding any dangers along the way. As with hiking or biking, walking a horse on trails with steep inclines or sharp rocks requires more attention and care from its rider. The general rule is that if something looks dangerous for humans, it probably isn’t safe for horses either—so be extra careful.

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