Horse Lessons: How To Mount And Ride Your Horse

Submitted by: Annabelle Cabella

Do you need to find out how to mount and ride your horse? It should be easy and fun if you know how to do it right. That s what we re here for! To teach you how to easily and correctly mount and ride your equine!

Mounting your horse and experiencing the first ride is a good feeling. For many folks, the ultimate objective is to ride a horse that you ve trained. Any one who s experienced this huge bond, knows why the horse-human relationship is one of the very best partnerships available.

As we ve covered in earlier lessons, before riding the equine, you ought to be able to communicate effectively with the pet on the ground. Up to this point in the course, we ve covered many of these concepts, even so, in this lesson, we re going to dive in even deeper so that you turn out to be a master.

In this mounting and riding lesson, you re going to discover,

– Body positioning, and how to use it to your advantage.

– The correct motions for getting on and off of your horses.

– What you should do with your hands and what you ll communicate to the horse using different hand motions.

– How to prompt your equine to begin moving when and to where you desire.

– How to steer clear of unsafe distractions that could hurt you or the horse.


– How to balance while riding so that you don t have any mishaps during riding.

– What to do while you re in the saddle.

So dive in and get started! You re going to be surprised at how complete this lesson on mounting and riding is.

Action Plan:

Make sure you are in a safe place, like the round pen for your first journey on the horse! You need to position your body properly once you are about to mount the equine. You should be aware of your stance and mindset. Don t mount on the downhill if you are short or a beginner. Except if you have a particular medical situation or limitation, the end objective should be you being capable to mount the equine in any circumstance from the saddle. The mounting block makes it easier for you, is much better for your saddle and is easier on your equine s back, but is not a tool you should become used to using.

Getting on the horse is traditionally accomplished on the left side but you should be able to do it on both sides. It is critical that you have trained your equine to stand still while you are trying to mount an additional reason why desensitization is quite important. Make sure all your tack is fit correctly and that the horse is desensitized, familiar with all stimulus and familiar with carrying dead weight before you attempt to mount.

Place your body beside the equine s shoulder and as you are about to mount, be aware of where your hands are. Avoid developing the bad habit of grabbing the saddle horn to pull your self up on the equine. It s all about balance without putting the horse in any discomfort as much as possible. It is possible to take the reigns in one hand using a bit of mane, but do not use them as the primary force to pull yourself up. Certainly do not land hard in the seat. Always ensure your motions are fluid and controlled.

Riding like a true horseman:

Ensure that every little thing is in order just before you prompt the horse to be in motion. Take it slowly at the start and once you sense that the equine is responsive to your indicators and is used to carrying the additional weight, it is easy to increase the speed. You need to ensure you have complete control at every speed before you move on to a quicker pace.

For example, if you are walking your equine and it is not responding to the cues for a left-hand turn correctly, you have to make sure that you are asking correctly and the horse understands what s asked of it. After that, once you have confirmed you are asking right, give the equine time to learn the maneuver before moving on to another lesson.

Avoid anything that can distract the equine like other groups of horses when it s new to the feeling of you on its back. It can get caught up in the energy or distraction and wont provide you with its full attention, which is essential once you re laying the ground work.

The weight of the rider is not a dead weight like the saddle. Rather, your weight is like a balance weight that will work for or in opposition to the equine s own balance. Work to improve your balance till it is 2nd nature to you and the equine. Doing so is called gaining your seat in the equestrian world. Apart from that, you have to improve the horse s responsiveness to the cues as it is the primary objective of training.

First: Make sure the tack is on correctly before you ride

– Check all straps for twists and material for burs. Ensure the tack fits correctly and is comfortable for the horse.

– Check all tack for sturdiness and functionality. Be mindful of what shape your tack is in and maintenance all necessities at once.

2nd: Tack Desensitization

1. Tack up your horse properly.

2. Put the equine through all his groundwork while he s tacked up.

3. Once comfy moving with the tack, you are now prepared to ride.

4. Help your horse to get used to your weight and cues at different speeds.


Now you should be riding! If the horse balks or is disagreeable with anything you do, take a step back and ask where the miscommunication is. Ensure the horse responds to all instructions at lower rates of speed before increasing your speed.

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