Learn To Ride A Horse
Learning how to ride a horse is both exciting and challenging. Horses are beautiful and strong creatures, so you want to make sure you know how to handle them properly before riding them. First, you’ll need the proper gear: a helmet, knee pads, safety vest, riding boots or shoes with heels, and gloves that fit snugly. Next, find a horse at a stable near your home—you can either arrange for lessons there or ask if it’s okay for you to practice on their horses on your own. To do this last option safely, however, you should have some experience with basic riding techniques first. You’ll need to learn the proper way to mount and dismount the horse; how to hold the reins correctly; and how to give basic commands like trotting or stopping using only your body weight.
Gather your riding gear.
When you’re ready to get on your horse, you’ll need:
- A helmet. This is a safety precaution to protect your head from injury in the event of a fall or accident.
- A saddle. The saddle is where you’ll sit during your ride, so make sure it’s in good condition and fits the horse properly. You will also need a bridle if riding with reins (see below).
- Tack—the straps and equipment used for holding tack on animals such as helmets and saddles—in good working order; check all buckles and clasps regularly while riding so that they don’t come loose unexpectedly during an outing with friends or family members who might be unfamiliar with how everything works together!
Find a horse and a stable.
After you’ve done your research, the next step is to find a horse and a stable. This can be tricky if you’re new to riding, because there are a lot of factors to consider: what size horse would fit your body? What kind of reputation does this stable have in the community? If you’re looking for some help selecting your first mount, check out our guide on how to choose a horse. Once you’ve found one that seems like they could be good friends (and have checked with all pertinent authorities that they’re safe), it’s time to settle into their home.
Talk to the owner/trainer of the horse you want to ride.
- Find out about the horse’s training and experience.
- Ask about the horse’s temperament.
- Determine if your riding goals are compatible with the horse’s personality. A calm, quiet animal may not be a good choice for someone who wants to try jumping or racing around an arena at breakneck speed. Conversely, a high-strung animal may not be happy with a leisurely walk through the park on a sunny afternoon. It’s important to remember that horses can feel fear just like people do—and sometimes their fear can make them behave unpredictably or aggressively in response to certain stimuli, situations or people (including you!). If you’re unsure whether your dream horse will work out as well as planned, ask its owner/trainer lots of questions before making any decisions:
- Ask about its history – How long have they had it? Has anything ever happened while they owned it? Was it abused when they got it? Did anyone else ride it before them? Did they buy this particular horse from someone else who sold them after having problems with him/herself that made it necessary for them to sell off those animals instead of keeping them like most hobbyists do when moving away from town due to military duty commitments etc.?
Learn how to mount and dismount the horse.
Mounting a horse and dismounting are both important skills to learn. Learn how to mount the horse safely by following these steps:
- Lead your horse forward until he or she is standing in front of you.
- Ask someone who knows how to lead horses (a trainer or a friend) to put his/her hand on your right shoulder and help you keep your balance as you swing your leg over the saddle when it’s time for that part of the lesson.
- Grab onto the saddle with both hands, lift one leg over the other side of it, and swing down until both feet land on top of their respective sides’ stirrup leathers (the straps hanging down from each side).
- If you are using an English saddle with stirrups attached directly under where they sit on top of each other rather than being off-set like Western saddles have them positioned; now would be a good time for someone else who knows what they’re doing when guiding horses along
Learn how to control the horse while riding.Takeaway: This will be easier with a trainer, but this is the most basic, important part of learning to ride a horse.
The first step to learning how to ride a horse is learning how to control the horse while riding. This will be easier with a trainer, but this is the most basic, important part of learning to ride a horse.
- Learn how to apply pressure on the bit in your mouth when you want your horse to go faster or slower (use one rein at a time).
- Hold both reins in one hand, and use that hand on the same side as your leading foot (your left hand if you are leading with your left foot) for turning left; use both hands for turning right..
If you want to learn how to ride a horse, you’ll need the proper gear, a stable and a horse. Horseback riding instructors can teach you the basics of mounting and dismounting as well as steering and controlling your horse.