Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Ride a Horse

Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Ride a Horse

When learning how to ride, it’s really important
that you have someone knowledgeable to help you. Learning on your own can be dangerous
and you can also learn the wrong way and have to change those habits later on. So to begin
with, we’ll just start with how to get on. You’re going to hold the reins in your left
hand along with a little bit of mane, bring your left foot up into the stirrup, and swing
up and over and take your other stirrup up. To hold the reins for an English bridle, you’re
going to take the rein, flip it around so your thumb can be on top of the rein and the
rein can feed through your pinky, up through your pointer and your thumb. To walk, close
your calves and squeeze your horse forward. To stop, pull back evenly with both reins.
You should practice both of these things walking forward and then stopping as these are the
building blocks for moving on to more advanced things. Once you’re comfortable walking and
stopping, practice some steering. You want to get a feel for how to turn left, which
is to take your left rein back a little bit towards your hip, and then to turn right,
take your right hand back toward your hip. Once you feel comfortable stopping, going
forward and steering at the walk, you can move forward to trotting.

23 thoughts on “Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Ride a Horse


    Nice video by the way but I do have to agree, horses should ALSO be guided with the leg and not just the reins. 🙂


  2. ya they know they are just telling you there opinions on what they think you should do there not going to actually take a whole lesson they are veryyyy experianced they dont need a lesson

  3. it's a nice vid, but i don't like how she gives the impression that riding is just like 'pull the right rain and it will turn right, pull the left and it will turn left'. it's much more difficult!

  4. This isn't teaching you to ride. This is giving you tips and telling you what to expect from your first lesson.

  5. That is such a goergous horse, and yeah its a little more complicated than that to ride…. but i like it anyway for new riders its great =)

  6. Okay, everyone who is saying riding is more complicated than just rein. Yes, it is. There's no doubt about that. However, you can't put years of practice into a two minute video. This is for bare beginners with NO experience, probably just researching before they start lessons. Even at the beginning of the video, she said to learn with an instructor because it's very dangerous to learn alone, and you'll probably learn wrong. SO RELAX!

  7. @duncanhill4 um no im pretty sure…my comment wasnt a mistake..!..and like i said!…her horseKNOWS how to stand still it proboly got off balance or something werre not perfect now r we uuh no…and ya u "used" to ride!

  8. I'm a western rider but I think that when she got on, correct if I'm wrong, she was hold the reins too tightly and that's why the horse shied a little. Ease let me know if I'm wrong. Also, my instructor says that the horses head should be low but hers seems to be holding his head up higher. Is that only with English?

  9. pulling back is not how to stop. you need to teach the horse to stop with a q like whispering or exhaling. pulling back with the reins resolve in pain for the horse. so think twice next time you want to punchure your horses mouth

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