Basic Riding Tips

  • Get with the feel of the horse to get the horse to feel you
  • Develop and maintain feel, timing, and balance
  • Practice patience and calmness
  • Build trust and respect while establishing leadership
  • Ask and release (the release of pressure is the horse's reward for attempting or completing a request from you.)
  • Learn the importance of using your legs to direct the horse
  • Have a clear mental picture of what you want the horse to do and present it to him in a way he can understand what he's supposed to do.
  • Think in terms of "help him do it" not "make him do it"
  • Don't try to do too much, too fast
  • Practice frequent stop and back sequences
  • Practice three speeds of walk, trot and canter (slow, medium, and fast)
  • Riding is controlling the direction and speed of the horse's feet.
  • If the horse becomes scared or excited, keep the feet moving in a controlled direction at a controlled speed.
  • Use hip disengagement to control horse bucking or bolting.
  • Be forgiving of lack of experience, but don't tolerate disrespectful behavior

Be relaxed, ride relaxed, stay relaxed

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