So you’ve decided to pick up horse riding, huh?
Horse riding is a great hobby to learn. There are wonderful communities of other riders that can be found all across the world. Plus, horse riding is incredibly stress relieving while also giving your core a good workout, and who doesn’t love the outfits?
But, like any other hobby, there are certain things to take into consideration before you go out and giddy up. Whether you’re hoping to take leisurely horse-ridden walks on the beach or you’re looking for a quick and stylish get-away after placing the spy cam, you’ll need to think about finding what’s right for you (and your future horse-partner in crime).
The Right Stable
First and foremost, it’s essential that you locate the right stable. You may think finding a stable is just about ‘googling’ the one that is closest to you, but really it’s much more.
Different stables offer different horses to learn on, different styles of learning, and different levels of involvement, all the way from mucking the stalls to just riding during lessons.
If you’re looking to pursue horse riding long term, you may want to opt for stables that will teach you the basics of taking care of a horse, along with the basics of horse riding.
You’ll also need to make sure that the stable and your horse are secure at all time, so it’s not a bad idea to install the best security camera system for peace of mind.
The Right Gear
Though you may be tempted to jump on a horse – no saddle, no nothing – and start riding, in reality there’s a ton of gear associated with horse riding, and it’s incredibly important that you choose gear that fits you and the horse you’ll be working with.
If you’ve found a good stable, they should provide quality gear for the horse, though you’ll be responsible for your own gear.
The Right Horse
Ah, finally we get to the heart of the matter. One of the most important things when you’re a beginner horse rider is to find a horse that you mesh with.
The relationship between a horse and his/her rider is one of complete trust and vulnerability; you’re both counting on one another to do your job and keep the other safe.
If you find yourself paired with a horse that doesn’t seem to respond to your signals, or if the horse is a little too jumpy for you, find another partner to learn with. Remember, you’ll want a horse that understands your signals when you go to place those spy cams, right?
Now, Giddy Up!
It’s easy to see that horse riding is an amazing hobby for anyone with just a little time on their hands. Horses are wonderful animals, and the relationship you can build with one while learning beneficial new skills is invaluable.
Along with learning to respect and care for a magnificent animal, you’ll learn to cultivate trust with another being, you’ll learn to take responsibility in a mutual relationship with another being, and you’ll learn to let go and enjoy working with another being for stress relief.
If you’re looking for another hobby and have access to good stables and decent gear, there’s really no reason to hesitate; picking up horse riding is totally worth it.
Stop stalling and get riding.