Useful horse riding advices for beginners
Useful horse riding advices for beginners
Ok, above anything else, before we even start to give other advices about horse riding, we got to tell you - be prepared for some „serious“ muscle soreness. Horse riding can be a very demanding physical activity, especially if you’re a beginner. Without any wish to scare some of you with all that muscle stiffness, you should know what to expect. Of course horse riding is extremely fun and great way to explore nature and experience outdoor lifestyle. Especially rural one, since horseback riding tours almost exclusively happen in isolated nature or for example - beautiful greeny mountain meadows, if you decide to go horse riding in Montenegro with us.
But let’s focus a little here are some useful advices about horse riding in general, and advices for those who wish to try horse riding for the first time. Make sure to read them all before you go horse riding.
#1 Recreational tourist horse riding doesn’t need any prior knowledge
If we would be talking about taking effective horse riding lessons and learning how to ride a horse, we’d say it takes a long time to truly feel free and relaxed doing that. You’d need proper masters, everyday practice, repeated routines, and many other things to even begin learning to ride. But since we’re talking about recreational horse riding and more of a horse riding tour in nature, you should know that there’s no prior knowledge needed for you to try riding horses.
The same thing is with Tarasport’s horse riding tours. We’re only wishing that you have a great time and to experience something completely new when It comes to nature adventures around our beautiful mountains, canyons, and rivers. Those are just a few reasons to go horse riding.
Of course, we’re not the only one who can offer people great horse riding tours, so whosever stables you decide to open and to experience the unique feeling of guiding your horse out of the barn, we wish you to have next horse riding facts in mind.
#2 Sitting tall and straight in the saddle
Many would say, ok I can sit straight, but just imagine how many times you caught yourself sitting irregularly in your own chair? So let’s just say that you can multiply that by 100 when we’re speaking about horse riding. Squeezing your legs tight up the horse so that you could make a command to change the pace, takes toll on your ability to look in front of yourself and to sit straight at the same time. Especially when you are a horse riding beginner.
Not to mention the physical toll that will show up through already mentioned abdominal, leg and back muscles soreness. But yeah, this is the first thing your horse riding guide will teach you. Proper horseback riding position! It’s essential so that you don’t hurt yourself, or that you could learn proper moves for the future.
#3 Safety check
Always listen to what your tour guide and horse masters are telling you. Don’t kid yourself even you may think it won’t be too hard. Listen to all of the horse riding safety advice beforehand and after the horse riding starts. It could save you the unnecessary pain or even fall of the horse.
Whether it’s about your tour details and region information, whether it’s about horse riding itself and behavior during group horse riding tour, listen to your guide.
Horse riding safety is usually oriented towards the equipment alongside instructions. So checking out if saddle’s all tight and right where it's supposed to be, really can make a difference.
#4 Make sure you’re well hydrated
Believe us horse riding can dry you up in no time. If it’s a long summer day with high temperatures, you’ll probably sweat a lot so you should always have water by your side. But no need to worry, nobody on a ranch would let something like that happen to you. They know their job very well, so there’s no worry that something will be missing. Of course, if you’re riding with professionals.
#5 You’ll probably feel useless the first time or a couple of minutes
Not being adjusted to the horse is perfectly normal. And it’s perfectly normal that you’ll feel like you can’t move or that you’ll feel scared. But proper instructions like we’ll give you in the upcoming advices and you’ll be ready to go in no time. Of course, we’re talking about “recreational no time” since professional horse riding takes a lot of time mastering.
#6 Controlling your horse movements
There are several commands and moves that you can use for guiding your horse in the wished way. You’ll need to sit straight and tall, not stiffed but firm with your eyes focused between the horse’s ears with your hills down the stirrups.
Commanding your horse is done by reins and your legs. You should always hold horse’s reins firmly in your hands but with arms positioned right beside your body, making the right angles with them. Floating arms are not an option if you wish for everything to go well. Besides hand and reins, you’ll need to use your legs too. Simple pressure on the horse’s sides by your legs will get it up walking.
If you wonder how to stop your horse or slow him down, you probably already learned it from the movies and cartoons as a kid, but there’s one big difference. Don’t be hard with the reins! You should easily pull them since the horse will already know what does that mean, and of course, mix this move with tilting your heels even more down (making the “breaking” move). If you learn that, you’re almost good to go.
#7 Horse gaits: walk, trot, canter and gallop
You should know that beginners always start their horse riding by making their horse easily walk. Cautious riding is essential since you don’t know all the riding techniques and you can easily make your horse go wild. Controlling the reins doesn’t make you the boss, but using them right can make you and your horse riding in harmony. What could be better than that?
Switching between horse’s gaits is performed almost the same for every gait, but the strength and gait speed you’re currently using decides if your horse will switch from walk to trot, canter and gallop. Switching from walk to trot means that you should squeeze your horse’s sides a little bit more, or to lightly kick it with your heels. But make no mistake, even that gentle switch changes a lot of things when it comes to riding a horse. It’s not like switching from the first to second gear. It’s a bigger difference.
Canter is usually the highest speed you’ll get to experience, if you’re good enough, or if you’re riding with your guide. Gallop is simply too fast.
We hope that these simple advice gave you a glimpse into your first horse riding tour so that you’ll give it a try. Most of all, it is great fun, so don’t wait, experience it as soon as you can!