Horseback Riding Information
For as long as man and horses have existed, horseback riding has been part of life and part of history. Some people have taken up riding horseback for recreational reasons because they find it relaxing. Others however have taken up horseback riding so they can compete in various sports such as barrel racing and horse jumping. However you intend to ride your horse, it is vital to choose the right horse for you. Horses can be dangerous, it is recommended that you take up horseback riding lessons and use appropriate safety gear.
The History of Horseback Riding
The Significance of Riding Horseback
The Function of Horseback Riding
Types of Horseback Riding
The first is know as Western. This is good for long distance horseback riding or for those that will be riding rough trails. The Western saddle offers more comfort and security than other saddles which lends itself to this sort of horseback ride.
The next style of riding horseback is English. This uses an English saddle which is lighter than the western saddle and has thinner stirrups. This type of horseback riding is generally better suited to competition riding and sporting events like jumping or polo.
Bareback is last of the three main styles of riding horseback. As the name suggests, this style of riding doesn't use a saddle. The rider either holds on to the horse's mane, or with the use of reins. This style of horseback riding is good for all types of rider, from experienced to relative beginner because it is a good way of learning stability and the art of balancing on horse. It also enables the rider to experience the horse in a natural way.
It is recommended to take part in horseback riding lessons to learn the basics.
Tips and Advice
If the horse begins to get anxious, or attempts to throw you off, it is better to jump off to one side than get thrown off.
It is important to get to know your horse and it's behaviour;the better the bond you have with your horse, both of you will be safer and happier.