Your first riding lesson


This is going to be your first riding lesson. Perhaps you had ridden a horse before, when you were younger; surely step by step and with a waiter leading you from the branch line. But it is the moment of truth; the time to learn the secrets of horse riding.

It is your first session, so for now it is not necessary to harness the horse, and they already give it to you prepared. Once in the covered arena, with a brief explanation on how to get on the horse, you are up. It's a great feeling right? Now to level the stirrups. Even if it is grounded, they may not fit you, which the teacher corrects from below. This happens because, when using a school horse, it has been ridden by more people every day, who have needed to level the stirrups as well. If you own a horse, you only have to do this the first time you ride in the saddle.

 What do I mean by leveling the stirrups? Very easy. The stirrups are attached to strips, which can be made of many materials, called ations. These can be adjusted to regulate their length, since they have a buckle, and a large number of holes. Depending on the size of the rider, and his leg, he will need a different length. On average, they would be fine if the base of the stirrup is on par with your ankle.

With everything perfectly checked and prepared, it is time to go to step. This will fulfill a double function, since the horses should start and end the session step by step; to heat up and then to loosen. And I say double duty, because you inexperienced rider can only keep up. So while the horse's muscles prepare for work, you are learning to settle your balance on top of the horse, and advance well at a pace. It will speed up later, is there such a rush?

For twenty minutes you stay at that calm pace, already trying to lengthen it under the instructor's orders. Luckily, you have had a horse that is not very sensitive to the aids, so it is not easy for it to come up from step to trot. In addition, it is the moment in which the teacher gives you all the pertinent instructions about the position on top of the saddle, the absorption of the horse's movements, and the mistakes you make. This seeks to establish some good bases.

After those twenty minutes, it's time to move forward a bit. It is still early to control the changes of air well, and also in a horse that is not very sensitive, so it is the teacher who causes the transition to trot. The jog is the most difficult air to absorb with the sitting bones. When you are on top, you perceive a two-beat movement. Therefore, as long as you don't take practice, you will be bouncing on the back of the horse. You have to try to lower your heels well, so that your stirrups do not loosen (calm if they come off at first, it is normal). Now it is about making step-trot transitions, so that you will gain confidence. All of them added to the multiple posture corrections that are inevitable in the first class. Courage! You'll get the hang of it soon.

And so ends today's session. Your first ride What is exciting? Under the watchful eye of the teacher, it's up to you unsaddle the horse. Don't worry, it's very easy. To remove the snooze, you just have to unbutton the muffler and noseband, and remove the snooze from the ears. With the saddle, position yourself on the left side of the horse. It is always operated from the left side of the horse. Lift the skirt up, and release the strap buckle. Next, grab the chair by both studs, and take it to the saddle.

Now play shower the horse. It is your reward for a job well done. For this we will use a hose. Put your finger on the nozzle so that the water comes out with more pressure forward, and begins with the horse's legs. With few exceptions, the water in the horse showers is really cold. That is why it is important not to start directly on its back and rump, and gradually accustom it to the temperature through the legs. In winter some equestrian centers do not shower the horses, but if that is your case, and in yours it is done, never leave it wet, dry it well. If the horse enters the stable wet, and it catches the cold, it can get colic.

* This is just one example of what a first riding lesson might look like for many people, but it is by no means an example of how it is done everywhere. We are referring more to amateur horse riding with many classes and horses that are ridden by many children.

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