In order to ride your horse safely, your tack equipment needs to be properly placed on your horse. To check this, there are a few steps to follow!
Take a look at your straps and billets. These are the elements of tack that you don't want to malfunction. If there are noticeable wear and tear clues such as holes or rips, this can cause a disaster during your ride.
Check places where metal and leather meet on your tack. These sections of the tack have a tendency to wear down quickly and should be checked.
Studs and screws hold tack together and are important in keeping things where they need to be. Check them to make sure they are tightly in place.
At Middleton Equestrian, we ensure the safety of all riders. Our tack is safe to use, and we will instruct you before your ride to keep you safe the entire time. This blog is simply to educate individual riders who ride their horses at home.
If you and your family are interested in our trail rides and learning more about horses, feel free to contact us!
When it comes to riding horses, there are right and wrong ways of going about it. The important aspect of riding a horse is to keep you and your horse safe and comfortable at all times. In this blog, we will cover some of the mistakes the first time riders make when riding their horse.
Gripping with Your Legs
While you do want to stay sturdy on your horse, you don't want your leg muscles constricting around the horse you are riding. In order to prevent this, allow your legs to hang from your hip when you are on top of the horse. Image a straight line from your ear down your body to the heel in the stirrup.
There are times during a ride where you have the desire to point your toes downward. If you do so, this will cause you to be out of rhythm with your horse, and you will bounce heavily. To prevent this, take some time to work on your leg position and use your core muscles.
Posture is important for horseback riding and is a way to keep in control of your horse safely. In order to not slouch, keep your back straight and relaxed with your chin up and look where you are going.
While these are the most common problems new riders face, there are more we did not cover. If you want to enjoy a trail ride, call and sign up today! We will give you a training lesson before the trail ride to ensure you are safe and riding well!
Middleton Place Team