Horses are indeed beautiful animals with a lot to offer. Their strength and stamina, and even stubbornness in their eyes amaze everybody, and not only horse lovers. For those who are experts at horse riding, horses are kind animals, easy to communicate and tame. However, for those who have seen horses only in movies, horse riding can be scary and stressful. Riding a horse can turn into a stressful experience if you are not familiar with the rules of horseback riding.
In order to fully enjoy horseback riding, you should embrace every single moment of your first time riding. It is very important to have a proper guidance and to listen to your instructor carefully. The environment where you are supposed to ride it should be safe and everything needs to be set and ready for you. Even though this sounds rather dull and tiresome, in order to avoid any accidents one must follow the rules and instructions carefully.
So, how to ride a horse for the first time? In the following paragraphs, we will offer 3 tips for your safe ride!
TIP NUMBER ONE: HAVE A PROPER HORSE GEAR ON YOU!
We know you want to look your best when you have your first horseback riding. However, wearing a mini skirt, tight pants, slippers or beach sandals is not recommendable for a first horseback riding.
Wear proper shoes and long pants when you ride a horse and not only for the first time, but always. It would be ideal if you could wear cowboy boots or shoes with a short heel in order to avoid slipping your feet through the stirrups.
Wearing scarves, purses, bracelets is completely unnecessary. If it gets tangled in the horse, or even the saddle it can scare the horse off, and it can cause an accident. Instead, wear a helmet and protect your head, because even though you have the instructor with you, you never know what could happen, so it is better to be safe.
TIP NUMBER TWO: ALWAYS GREET YOUR HORSE
Horses are not toys nor bikes or cars that you can control at your will. Just like any other living creature, horses can be tired and nervous. They do not have to like at the first sight, and you can scare them. Thus, in order to make a connection with your horse at the very first sight, when they introduce you to the horse, great it, one simple greet can save your life.
Greeting a horse is easy. Just extend your arm and offer the back of your hand for the horse to small. When the horse touches the back of your hand with his nose, you completed horseman’s handshake successfully.
TIP NUMBER THREE: BE CONFIDENT
There is no need for you to be nervous when horseback riding. If you are nervous, the horse will be nervous too. So sit up straight and relax. Show your horse that you are confident and ready to ride it.
Horseback riding is the best experience you can have. Listen to the tips, greet your horse, wear proper clothing and footwear, do not be scared or nervous, and just enjoy.