As much as horseback riding is a wonderful experience, it also requires one to be patient, calm, and composed. Most of the time its the horses that happen to be more cool and understanding than the ones who are riding them!
Here, I would like to share a few tips for safe horseback riding. The next time you decide to ride a horse, make sure you follow these pointers!
Look for a knowledgeable horse instructor
First and foremost, look for a knowledgeable horse instructor who is good at taming horses. If you are new to horses and horseback riding, do not risk your life by going all by yourself.
Stand near the horse
Before you start riding the horse, stand close to it. A preferable spot is its left side. Take hold of the reins in one hand, simultaneously put your left foot in the stirrup to hold onto the wither. Avoid holding onto the saddle while mounting up.
Getting on it
Make sure you push upwards while getting onto the horse. Swing your leg – preferably right one to get over the back of the horse. Pay heed while doing so and do not kick the horse’s flank.
A slow walk
Now that you are up there, start with a slow walk. Never do it all in a hurry as it will cause chaos to the horse. You do not want it to get mad and topple you over. Slowly get it to walk.
Convert the slow walk into trotting
After you have finished slow walking the horse for a while, start by trotting it. Trotting may get a bit bumpy and you might feel uneasy in the beginning. Do not fret and give yourself as well as the horse time to adjust to trotting.
Cool down the horse
Do not get off the horse and finish off with the riding as soon as possible. Make sure that you cool the horse by walking him a few steps. Check its chest to see if it has cooled down. If it’s still hot, keep it walking, otherwise you’re good to go.