Horseback Riding Tips Horseback riding is a wonderful leisure activity for the young and old. Horseback riding is a beautiful, relaxing and enjoyable sport as long as you are confident that you know what you are doing. There are many horseback riding tips to take into consideration before riding any trails. 1. Make sure you pick a horse that will correspond with your riding skill level. Ask your riding instructor to help you in choosing the right horse for you. 2. Before leaving the stables double check all of your equipment to assure it is all in working condition and properly placed on the horse you are riding. 3. Never ride alone. You should always ride with a buddy so if anything happens to you or your horse you know there will always be help there or someone to get you help. 4. Always wear proper gear. This includes proper boots that will not get stuck in the stirrups in case you need to get your feet out of them quickly. Also always have a protective head covering on. A helmet will not only help in case of a fall but you may encounter falling rocks or trees along some trails. Also wear long pants and a long shirt to protect from bugs and ticks that you will encounter on your ride. 5. Do not bring anything on your ride that is large or loose because if it falls it could give your horse quite a scare and cause the horse to halt, go off trail, or even buck you off. 6. Always stay one horse length away from the horse in front of you and stay in a single file line. Being too close to the horse ahead of you could cause it to become scared and kick at your horse. The horse will think it is going to get stepped on or trampled and out of instinct will kick backwards if its personal space is invaded. 7. Always be relaxed and confident while riding the horse. Horses are very smart animals and can sense your emotions. 8. Be sure to pay attention to your leader and follow everything he or she tells you. They are trying to make your horseback riding experience memorable and safe for you. 9. Never wander off the trail. You could encounter wild animals or treacherous terrain which you may not know how to handle. All trails are clearly marked and wondering off of them puts both you and your horse in danger. 10. Do not yell or scream while you are saddled on the horse. This can cause the horse to get confused and scared and hurt you or the horse. If you follow all of these horseback riding tips you will be sure to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Katie Appleby is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about horseback riding please visit Horses Today Blog for current articles and discussions.
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