The first time you ride a horse is a unique experience, everyone reacts differently, you can be excited, anxious, or even not know what to do once on your horse. It is to help you for this first time that we will give you some tips to make sure everything goes well for you and your horse and that this experience is the first in a long series.
It is important not to neglect your clothes when you ride a horse, avoid shoes that may slip or do not hold in the stirrup, so no sandals even in summer, favor shoes with small heels so that you are comfortable in the stirrup. You will also need good pants, avoid skirts or clothes that are too loose. You will also need to avoid anything that can get caught in your horse’s gear, so you should avoid scarves and jewelry for your own safety.
The first contact with the horse
If you are stressed for your first time, he will be too, after all, you are a new person for him too, so you will have to pledge his trust and that means greeting him. For this you can present your hand and wait for him to come closer to it to feel you, this first contact will create a better relationship of trust between you and the horse.
Be confident and relaxed
Staying relaxed for the first time may be easier said than done, but it’s still important to you and the horse. Your state of mind matters a lot, and how you do it. First, put your left foot in the stirrup, hold the reins with your left hand and use your right foot to get on the horse. Once on your horse stay upright and alert, watch where you are going, and don’t get distracted. The horse has its own rhythm and you must follow it to avoid falling or hurting yourself, follow the movements it makes to be well in sync with him. Do not be too strong at the reins and do not hold on to the saddle horn so as not to develop bad habits. Finally, don’t try to do things beyond your skills, for the first few times walking will be good enough, and with experience, you can continue with the trot and when you are ready you can gallop.