If you are a horseback riding newbie, you are more than likely vulnerable to committing common mistakes and consequently, may hurt yourself. Horse riding can be a romantic and cowboy/girl-ish adventure that you want to be in while you are on your horseback riding vacation; nevertheless, you want your vacation to be safe as well. There are common mistakes that newbies often indulge into. If you are new to riding, take a look at the following newbie’s guide to riding errors.
1. You must have appropriate riding clothes on. You should know what are the appropriate clothes to wear on a horseback ride. Clothing for the beach or summer gateway would not work on a horseback vacation. Loose shirts and shorts are to be avoided; you have to wear long pants and normal shirts.
2. You must wear boots. You cannot wear open toed shoes, sneakers, sandals or flip-flops while riding a horse; ideally, you should wear cowboy boots that are high heeled with the upper parts extended almost up to the knees. If you cannot get one of those boots, at least wear shoes that have heels.
3. Wearing a helmet is mandatory. As a newbie, you cannot avoid wearing a helmet; in case of a downfall, you may get seriously injured. Accidents happen, even to the most safety conscious rider. Helmets are effective eighty percent of the time in preventing injuries on horseback; however, bike riding helmets are not recommended.
4. Reins are to be held correctly. You must know how to hold the reins as you must know how to hold the steering wheel when you drive a car. The horse follows the reins, thus holding and moving the reins should be as per the rules. You make a mistake with the reins, and you could be on the ground.
5. Hysteria on horseback must be avoided. The first few times, horse riding can be a frustrating experience. If you fail to communicate with the animal properly, things will go wrong. Don’t get upset during such an occasion and start yelling; it may confuse the horse. However, if you yell with proper expression, they may understand.
6. Do not distract the horse. Distracting the horse could be dangerous; you are supposed to connect with nature while you ride a horse. The ringing of a cell phone, slamming noise of a backpack, or flapping wind by a raincoat may scare your horse and could in turn lead to an uncomfortable, or even dangerous, situation.
7. Do not disrespect your guide. This is the most important rule for the newbies. Whether your guide is a cowboy or a wrangler, always listen to him. It is his job to ensure a safe riding environment for you and there is a reason he is experienced enough to command you. Do not overtake your guide or you will lose his guidance.
The above-mentioned errors are not the only ones that can ruin your horse riding vacation. You must listen carefully to your guide at the barn before you climb up on the horseback and make sure that you have a memorable, fun experience horseback riding.