For anyone who is athletic, loves horse, or who is just looking for something new to do, consider these tips for beginners:
The first thing that you will need to do is buy, borrow or rent a good pair of boots. Get boots with high heels so that your feet don’t continuously slip through the stirrups. Falling from a horse or getting your foot caught in a stirrup could land you in the hospital.
The next thing for you to get is a helmet. Head injuries are very common when you’re riding a horse. Ensure your helmet fits you properly and that it is of an approved type.
Listen to everything that your instructor must say carefully. They will explain everything about how you can master the beast and no let it control you. You should never be scared either.
One more thing that you need to know is that you’re going to have some sore muscles after your equestrian adventure. This is usually around your butt and leg muscles. To avoid the pain, try some exercises for a few days before saddling up. Even something as simple as jogging a bit will help get your leg muscles ready for riding.
In addition, you should also get familiar with the different types of saddle that are in use nowadays. English saddles are usually used for short distances. It is shallow and requires the rider to have great balance. The Western saddle is much deeper and are perfect for long hours on the saddle. They don’t require as much balance either.
Understanding the horse is also important, try and familiarize yourself with horses cues, body language and overall demeanor. Horses eyes, feet, walk can offer insight into what they are feeling. Get comfortable with the horse so that the horse is comfortable with you.