Everyone remembers their first time horseback riding. It’s an experience that introduces you to the fun of the sport, and, also, is the first of many more memories to come.
But before you saddle up, here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that your first ride goes safely and smoothly!
Get to know your horse
Start first by introducing yourself: give what’s known as the “horseman’s handshake.”
Offer your hand to the horse, so they can smell it; that way, they’ll be familiar with you when you hop on.
Always wear the right gear
One of the biggest mistakes a first-time rider can make is not wearing the right equipment. The key here is wearing long pants, that cover your legs, and the proper footwear to be able to get up onto the horse. Close-toed shoes are preferred but ask your instructor for specific instructions on this matter.
Keep your eyes on the prize
Once you start riding, there’s a lot to take in. You’ll be traveling at fast speeds, and the horse will be responsive to your movements. But do not let that distract you—taking your eyes off of the trail is dangerous and can lead to injury.
Focus on what’s in front of you at all times!
Take it slow
This tip is important: have fun and take everything in stride! There’s no need to rush—if it’s your first time riding, you’re likely just getting the hang of things. Your horse will notice if you’re rushing them and get worried.
With these tips in mind, your first ride is guaranteed to be a great one!
So, what are you waiting for? Come ride with us at Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge! The hills and valleys of Idaho are just waiting to be explored. Call us today at 208-842-2417 to learn more about our horseback riding camps!