Equestrian Riding 101: Lessons for First-Time Riders

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Many people enjoy equestrian riding. The good news is you can start learning it at any nearly any age. It can be intimidating, especially if you do not know how to start. But with the right amount of focus and effort plus the necessary equipment, you can become a skilled horseback rider.


Look for a local horse facility and trainer to help you get started into the equestrian world. Ask friends for recommendations or search the Internet for trusted trainers. You can also ask people you know who are horseback riders or own a horse. Since the community is pretty tight, you will be able to get a bunch of fantastic referrals.


When you ride a horse, the first thing that you should get is a helmet. When you ride a horse, it requires a lot of balance, and nothing is guaranteed, especially when you are just starting. For this reason, you need to protect your head in case you fall off. It would be best if you also got a leather-type boot that is sturdy and has a heel (not more than 1-in.). Do not forget to buy saddle pads, gloves, riding pants, etc.

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Riding Styles

You can learn a variety riding disciplines when you start horseback riding. Each one will have their own advantages and disadvantages, so you should choose wisely. Typically, people choose between Western and English riding. For instance, cowboy style or Western riding is fantastic for many beginners since it can be more comfortable and flexible. The saddles are also comfortable so you can sit on them for a long time and are more stable. You usually hold the reins with a single hand and if desired, you can use your free hand to hold on.

With English riding, you will have a smaller saddle, which means you have a lot less that you can hold onto. You also have to learn riding styles that need balance and fitness, like posting in the saddle. However, if you are interested in dressage riding or want to jump your horse, then English may be the right choice for you. You have to learn the basics of the English riding style before you can move onto the advanced techniques, like jumping.


While you should practice and focus on your learning, you may feel stumped at times. You can take a few notes from other skilled riders to see what they do. For instance, if you are having a hard time making your horse trot, you can watch another rider to see how they do it. Visit the local riding fields and watch other equestrian riders take lessons or practice. You could even ask them if they could give you a few tips. It would be best if you also looked at videos of professional equestrian riders to see what they do.

Horseback riding is a fantastic way to spend your time while also building a potential career. Keep these tips in mind to enjoy equestrian riding.

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