How to Ride a Horse

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 2nd Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I have always wanted to ride a horse and while I cannot say that I fully know how to ride a horse here are some tips for people learning to ride a horse for their first time. These tips on horse riding were mostly given to me by my wife who is a good rider and has gone to many horse shows in the past.

English or Western Style?

One of the first things a person needs to consider is that there are different styles of riding. The main types of riding are English or Western. Western saddles are large and hold a rider in place better, they are often used when going on trail rides. My wife suggests that people who are actually interested in taking riding lessons learn English first.

English saddles put riders in close contact with their horse and this allows you to feel your horse better. As they have nothing to hold on to they also force you to learn faster.

Some Tips for New Riders

Your first lesson should be in an arena with a safe and gentle horse.

Sit up tall, for me and many other new riders, you may feel safer hunched over as you do not feel as far from the ground, but sitting taller is better.

Do not be nervous, horses can tell if the rider is scared and it makes them nervous too.

Keep your voice low, yelling upsets the horse.

"Whoa" is the word used to slow or stop a horse, but yelling it won't stop the horse, you have to say it firmly and use the reins to pull back too.

Wear a boot with a heel and wear a helmet.

Keep your heels down.

Keep your hands low and try to keep them steady. If you jerk your hands around it hurts the horse's mouth.

Learning to ride is only part of it, you should also learn how to brush a horse, put on the saddle, and take it off, and should learn how to interact with the horse. Most horses are use to people leading them and getting on and off from the horse's left side. They have to have their feet cleaned out before and after being ridden because they can get rocks in their feet which will hurt them.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
2nd Nov 2013 (#)

Your article is nicely detailed and informative and clear cut with its riding tips. Reading it makes one want to try riding too. Michelle

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author avatar writestuff
3rd Nov 2013 (#)

Short,informative, nuts & bolts tip
for new riders. Thanks for info.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Nov 2013 (#)

Some useful tips on how to ride a horse. I rode a horse one time and was scared to death. Very informative for first timers.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Nov 2013 (#)

I I have ridden horses but with help close at hand! Good share - siva

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author avatar iidob
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Always think to learn how to ride in a a horse. That's really helpful for me. Thanks for this useful article, hope as me many people will learn from this post.

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author avatar joyalariwo
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting and Insightful tips for beginners ... namely me, thanks Mark.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Nov 2013 (#)

Riding is fun

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author avatar Carol
5th Nov 2013 (#)

Very helpful tips there, it's years since I went on a pony trekking holiday, but it was great fun.

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Nov 2013 (#)

i used to ride ..
till I nearly died ..
had I then ---
who would have read my virgin poetry ...
so I gave up
Mark Gordon

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author avatar Judy Ellen
13th Nov 2013 (#)

This is such fantastic advice! I wish I would have known you when I had my horses! I had never ridden a horse before in my entire life and had no one to teach me! I ended up just loving and taking care of them but never riding them.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Nov 2013 (#)

I rode a horse once - about 50 years ago lol! Thank God they gave me a quiet horse.

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author avatar Robin Reichert
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Excellent advice and right on! I need to ride again SOON. Miss it so much!

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author avatar Sherri Granato
9th Jan 2015 (#)

I have ridden a horse just about twice. Both times I was young enough not to know any better. Galloping is smoother than trotting, but it was a freaky experience. My friend, Marie owns a dude ranch in Nevada, and she used to try and get me to ride the trails, but I much prefer standing on my own two feet.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
9th Jan 2015 (#)

I forgot to add, cute pic!

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