07 Mar Ways To Be More Confident On A Trail Ride
When you first begin your experience horseback riding it’s normal to be fearful, maybe even in a little shock or awe of the mighty horse, especially if you’ve never seen one in person before (after all, they are much bigger in person than many people expect)!
So if you are going on your first horseback ride you should know that a trail ride isn’t a scary thing — and with a few tips from the experts you will be riding like a pro in no time.
Firstly, when you are about to begin horseback riding be certain to wear comfortable clothing, and tight fitting shoes or boots. The LAST thing you want is to be riding a horse but having difficulty steering because you are focused on your sandal falling off or can’t sit quite comfortable enough. You should always wear close-toed shoes, if it is going to be sunny bring a hat or some sunglasses, and be sure to stay hydrated so you will be able to focus you attention on the horse.
Speaking of steering, always hold the reigns with both hands, this isn’t a roller-coaster where you put your hands in the air and scream from adrenaline, you will be on a living breathing animal, you will be able to feel it’s big breaths on your legs and you will feel every step it takes. BUT as long as you hold on with both hands during the trail ride the horse will follow your lead, it’s trained to do so and knows you are in control.
You must always listen to your instructor. He or she is going to give you tips as you go along to make sure you are not holding the reigns too tight or too loose, or will help you steer if needed, but remember, you are going down a trail that has been taken hundreds, even thousands of times before. Horses are smart animals and they know which way to go and they will be able to follow the path the instructor leads, just give them a little steer to stay in the middle of the path so you aren’t brushing up against the tree branches as they walk.
And since you are in control, and the horse knows you are in control, you can (and should) relax! Enjoy the experience, loosen your grip on the reigns, listen to the sounds of the trees rustling in the wind, and prepare for an amazing and incredible experience you will remember for years to come.
When you first begin riding, or even if you have rode once or twice before, remember that you are not going to be perfect right out of the gate. It takes practice, and practice will make you better. So enjoy the ride, feel the sunshine on your face, and know that you are in safe hands from an experienced guide who will take care of you well. You are in safe hands!