Horse riding can be very exciting, just sitting on a horse and riding slowly can be a whole new experience that can open up a lot of exciting possibilities. If you’re thinking of taking up horse riding, you’re probably keen to get started, but before you do, I would like you to take a look at thetips I have listed below.
Look for a good riding school
Don’t just go for any old riding school that you come across, look for an accredited one that has a good reputation. Accredited schools have met specific standards, and are likely to be a lot safer thanthose that are just run out of the back of someone’s house in a bid to make some spare cash. Do your research, ask around and see what’s available.
Don’t worry about equipment just yet
You may be keen to go out there and buy the best helmet, saddle etc. but the riding school will have its own equine equipment that you can make use of. Once you’ve found a riding school to go with, check to see if it mentions anything about equipment, and whether they cater for people of all ages and sizes.
If you’re nervous, tell the instructor
Everyone is going to be a little bit nervous about getting up on a horse for the first time. If you dofind that you’re really nervous, let the instructor know. Some horses are very calm and are ideal to use with riders who are nervous, whereas others may not be. Don’t be afraid to tell your instructor how you’re feeling, as they may be able to pair you with a good horse.
The best thing you can do is to keep practising, especially if you want to get really good at horse riding. Go at least once a month, and listen to what your instructor tells you. If you can go more often, then do as you’ll get better a lot quicker. I found that going every other weekend was sufficient for me, and I was able to pick up on the advice my instructor gave me.
This is the best thing that you can do when it comes to horse riding, if you have fun, you’ll learn more and feel better about it. Don’t expect to be the best horse rider in no time at all, but do expect to relax and enjoy it.
Think about the above tips when you’re planning on going horse riding, and you’re sure to get a lot out of it