Not all people would think to ride a horse when they want to try a new hobby. But horseback riding could be a total workout since all of your body parts are put to use and if you don’t take it seriously, it could lead to severe injuries. If you see equestrian you might think it is easy, just ride the horse and that’s it. Although the sport requires a strong core and legs to be able to stay in the saddle.
Now that you are considering horseback riding, there are a few things you must know before you go to a ranch and mount up that horse.
Visit A Reputable Stable
If it is your first time, it is recommended that you visit a reputable stable and if possible, to look for riding instructors that are certified. With this, you would be sure that you are taught by someone who is accredited to teach you and to ensure your safety while riding. Also choose a reputable stable with riding instructors that are used to teaching new riders so they would have all the tips and tricks to tell you.
Similar to other sports and or hobby, dressing up is essential. Not only to look the part but because it is functional and would keep you safe. Equestrian outerwear is important. For example, wearing riding pants with breeches would make sure that you do not fall off the wintec saddle. Wearing riding boots that are designed for riding (with heels) would keep your feet from sliding off the stirrup. Riding socks that are also appropriate to your riding boots would keep your legs safe from scratching off the hard material of the boots.
Take the Time to Know the Horse
When you schedule the ride, arrive earlier than your schedule to get to know the horse. This is necessary for the horse to get to know you as well. At least when the horse is already used to you, it would not be panicky. Ask the staff from the stables about the horse’s name and its other eccentricities to avoid startling the horse and doing things it doesn’t like.
Even if it is your first time, it is recommended that you do your research before you ride so you would have a fair idea of what to expect. And even if you got to a reputed stable and the instructors are certified, it would not hurt for you to check everything. Check if the saddle and other equipment are properly placed and secured. Check if the reins are of the correct length and when you pull on it, the horse follows your lead.
When you get the hang of it, don’t be overconfident and gallop away. Listen to your riding instructor to avoid any serious injuries. Even if you made the time to know your horse, there could still be mishaps and or the horse might suddenly act up. It’s better that you are always with someone who knows what would do if in case any untoward events happen.