Many people want to try something new and different when they are on a vacation. When you go on a trip to a place like Hawaii from Maine, you are ready to have fun and try different things. One of the way to enjoy the beautiful scenery a place offer is to ride on a horse and gallop around. This can’t be truer when you visit a place like Hawaii. Learning how to ride a horse is an exciting experience for everyone- from children, teenagers to adults. People ride horses to exercise, have fun or compete. However, most new riders find it difficult to maintain the correct position in the saddle especially due to fear or overexcitement. Whether you are on your first horse trail or maybe taking your kids for a first time ride, there are several things you should know so as your horse riding tour starts off correctly. In this article, we have compiled a list of what to expect during your first horseback riding tour alongside the do’s and don’ts.
The first and most important step before starting your horse trail is deciding what kind of riding style to try. Most stables teach either Western style or English style, although some offer both. The two horse riding styles use quite different equipment (tack), which not only affects your position as the rider but also communication with your horse. Additionally, riding instructors have different approaches during beginner lessons, and their training requirements for every session may vary. It is therefore important that you visit the barn and interact with your instructor before the appointment.
DO’s for a Horse Riding Tour
- Safety first – The very basic step for a new rider is finding a well-reputed stable, with certified riding instructors who have experience dealing with beginners. Additionally, confirm the park officials are always available in case of emergency situations
- Dress appropriately- Wearing the right horseback riding gear plays a great role in ensuring your safety. Wear tight pants, low-heel boots, and helmets. Avoid clothing such as scarfs or loose sweaters that could get tangled while on the horse.
- Drink up – Bringing a water bottle to keep you hydrated throughout a warm day is a great idea.
- Arrive at the park some early enough so that you can interact with your new buddies. It is recommended that you stand at the left front of the horse when meeting it for the first time. Horses are trained to expect humane activity (mounting, saddling, and leading) from their left side.
- Listen Up. – Listen to your coach as he trains you about different aspects of horseback riding. It is imperative that you understand how horses view the world as it gives you more confident when handling them.
- Be vigilant enough to check whether the equipment is placed properly and securely before getting on the horse. For beginners, the instructor should help you place the stirrups at the correct length and also ensure the straps are tight such that they do not restrict the horses breathing.
- Horse riding is more than just sitting and letting the horse do its work. From getting on the horse to controlling and directing it, ensure you ask for help if you are not sure how to go about it. Sometimes, coordinating everything gets tricky.
- viii. Make sure you use authorized walkways and equestrian fields when riding. In case you have horse trailers, unload them in designated areas only.
Don’ts for a Horse Riding Tour
- Attaching or tying yourself to the horse – However how much you fear falling off the horse, it’s a mistake to tie yourself to the reins, saddle or horse itself. In case you fall off, you should be free to minimize chances of being dragged, which could result in more serious injuries.
- Letting go of the reins- The reins are meant to give the rider control over the horse. Even if you’re scared, do not release the reins to hold on the horse, maybe by grabbing it on the neck, you frighten and confuse it. Instead, don’t panic and do as instructed by your coach.
- Arguing with your trainer- It is important that you listen to what the coach is telling you. For instance, do not argue when he or she tells you to ride the pinto when you wish to ride a bay horse. Coaches have more knowledge and can easily match riders with the best horses for them. Trust your instructor’s choice.
- Holding the saddle to stay on- Stirrups and saddles not only make you more comfortable but also help in keeping your balance. However, holding on them if you start falling could mess you up. Instead, let your coach show you how to shift the saddles back into place.
- You might be excited to be in a tropical area, like Hawaii, and want to show off your swimsuit, but this is not the time for it. Wear proper clothing and you will reduce your chance of chaffing and will thank us later.
After your first horse trail experience, you will realize that riding involves so much- it’s a journey that requires regular practice to gain knowledge and improve your skills. Therefore, do not be discouraged if you didn’t get something right the first time. Have fun, smile, and enjoy the horse ride.