Having a horse ride is something fun only if you are prepared for it. Some people tend to be so scared that they end up having the worst experience for the first time. The fun part of horseback riding all depends on just how much you are prepared to enjoy yourself during the ride. You have to keep a few things in mind if you want to have an awesome time.
Check out the following tips for first timers to horse riding.
Safety comes first
For a new rider, you do not want to end up agitating the horse before your trip even starts. You have to find a trained rider who can teach you all about the basics of riding a horse. It is just like when I was training my dog, I was using a collar and a dog gate and anything else I could get my hands on; you have to start with the basics before going for the hard stuff. An agitated horse can be quite dangerous for both trained and beginners to riding. It is from your training that you get to learn about how to treat the horse well to make it feel comfortable around you.
Dress for the ride
You do not wear shorts when going for a horse riding experience. You need to wear long pants to protect the legs from irritation when they are chaffed against the saddle. Having a closed shoes help to lock the legs into the stirrups easily. You still need a helmet especially for your first ride. Most of the stables would offer a helmet, but you can carry one just to be sure.
Horseback riding on a warm or sunny day can make a person lose a lot of water due to sweating. Riding is fun, but it can be a lot of work for the beginners. Come with a bottle of water that will keep you hydrated throughout the ride.
Learn about the horse a bit before the ride
Each horse has something different to offer to a rider. To enjoy the horseback riding experience, you have to learn a few things about the horse. Ask the trainer about what makes the horse ride better and what agitates it. You will know what to do and not to do now when later on riding the horse. You could still read about horses before going for a ride. Such an activity will give you confidence the moment you walk into that stable at least knowing quite some information about the horse.
Follow the leader
The best way to learn how to ride on a horse involves following what the leader is doing. He is quite experienced with all the horses in the stable and knows what is best for each. Follow the steps of riding carefully to keep the horse from getting agitated. Lessons to expect would be how to mount the horse, to disembark, to steer whether to the left or right and stopping it. When all these processes are done correctly, you should be on your way to having a great horseback riding time. Do ride more often just to gain courage and experience more fun.