The most important thing in improving your riding is to RELAX. Every horse is different. Learn something from each one you ride. Don’t expect to become an expert rider in a very short time. Ride and have fun, and learn as you ride.
- Leave your wallet and loose change in your room or car
- A heeled boot or shoe is best
- Long pants are always recommended
- Tight jeans / heavy seams cause chafing and saddle sores
- Advanced – Require that you are able to comfortably sit in trot and canter and control your horse under all conditions and gates.
- Intermediate ride – you will walk and trot
- Beginner rides – you will walk at a leisurely pace
- Place the ball of your foot in the stirrup and keep your heels down. Don’t slide your foot in as far as it will go; you won’t lose your stirrups and you’ll have a better seat in the saddle
- Always keep comfortable pressure on your stirrups
- Keep your hands in front of the saddle horn, resting on the horse’s neck.
- Ride with one hand and be gentle, our horses neck rein.
Stopping the Horse
- Pull the reins gently toward your belly button.
- When the horse stops, push your hand forward again to put some slack in the reins.
- Using the word “WHOA” is helpful, too.
Riding the Trot
- Western style trotting means you must keep your hips loose with just enough pressure on the stirrups.
- Keep your seat heavy in the saddle and let your body be a sponge to absorb the bouncing.
Riding the Canter
- Arch the small of your back and sit slightly forward with just enough pressure on the stirrups
- Relax at the waist and roll with the rhythm of the horse.