It is like nothing you have ever tried in the past. Picture yourself racing up and down hills, though woods, across fields and back. The breeze in your face and pulling at your hair, the sun beats down, and all you can hear, bedsides the sound of yourself laughing and screaming with joy, is the sound of hooves pounding down on hard soil. The speed, the independence, the sense of adventure, few activities in the world can rival horseback riding for real excitement.
Learning how to ride a horse can be loads of fun. Whether you wish to ride for the sense of freedom or you are just a horse lover, it can be very rewarding. With just some essential gear and a good teacher you can be on the way to having hours of fun. There are many different styles of horseback riding. The primary styles are Western and English. Western style is easier to learn and not as strict as the English style. If you are just riding for fun, look for a trainer that will train in the Western style. Although, if you think you might be attracted in riding for show, it might be significant to learn the English style.
When taking horseback riding lessons make certain you let your trainer know that you are a beginner. This way they will put you on a horse that is slower and properly trained. It is important that you get a horse that is effortless to ride for your safety and your confidence.
Numerous books have been written on the subject of horseback riding, but so many of them have gone into such depth, that the novice or the hopeful rider very soon gets bogged down in the technicality.
There is no substitute for appropriate instructions by an expert. If your son or daughter is nagging you into having riding lessons, there are many books on the subject that will get them started, but bear in mind there is no substitute for proper instruction.
When looking for an instructor, it is best to ask around and see who people prefer, do not just respond an advertisement. Many professional instructors will have teaching certifications and first aid experience. Other instructors have just learned themselves and are willing to attempt to teach you. No matter who you choose make sure they have a temperament that you get along with. Also make sure that they teach the style you want to learn.
The equipment you require for the horse is called tack. This includes everything from the saddle to the reins and stirrups. This can be costly to buy on your own. Usually the instructor can provide the equipment. It is important that you check over the saddle and reins before each ride for signs of wear and for a proper fit.
Safety should be your number one concern when learning to ride. Always be sure to wear a helmet and long pants in case you fall. Many people don’t wear a helmet when riding, but it should be required attire for anyone riding a horse.
Learning to ride a horse can bring a enormous sense of freedom. By finding a good instructor and a caring horse you are well on your way. Remember horses are very strong animals so always be sure to wear your helmet and ride with friends. Accidents can take place when you least anticipate them.