If you are or you’re considering riding horses in a professional capacity, consider the following:
The first thing you need to understand is that even professionals need to get some feedback about their style of riding. If you’ve already been riding for some time, you might notice that your mentor has a different riding style as compared to others. But, no matter what, everyone follows some riding principles no matter what:
When you’re on the saddle, you have to have a basic body position. Keep your heel, hip, shoulder and ear in one line. This is the right riding posture which can help keep your center of gravity at your hips. Beginners tend to lean forward while getting used to the way a horse moves. You will also have to relax to prevent yourself from leaning in front. Ensure your hips are loose. To stay balanced, keep the ball of your feet push against the stirrups. You should relax your shoulders and arms and bend your elbows to avoid bumping into your horse.
Once you’ve sorted out your positioning, you will have to keep your balance while moving. How you maintain your balance determines your horse’s balance too. Work with professionals to keep yourself in position. This goes a long way in helping boost your confidence on the saddle. Stay on the saddle for hours at a stretch. At the end of the day, practice is the easiest way of perfecting a skill.
Feel and timing
Finally, focus on the feel of the saddle. Hire someone to teach you what good movement feels like. Once you know what it feels like, focus on the feeling always. Whenever you feel your horse changing, correct it immediately to ensure your ride remains consistent.
For more tips, there are trainers, books and websites and many resources.