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Top Tips to Becoming a Better Horseback Rider

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Become a Better Horseback Rider with These Tips!

Rated 0 points - posted 10 years ago by dspsfarm in category Sports.
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Learn to Post Without Stirrups Report Abuse
8 points - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 1 comment
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I started to do this when I was 8 yrs old and I got incredibly strong in my legs. It was/is the best exercise anyone can do. Also try cantering/jumping without stirrups.
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Use a basic seat Report Abuse
When seated in a saddle, your heels should be no higher than your toes when you place the balls of your feet in the stirrup. The insides of your calves and knees rest comfortably against the saddle. Your leg, from hip to knee, inclines forward at an 45 degree angle.
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Reward Your Horse for Good Behavior Report Abuse
4 points - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 1 comment
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A treat or even just a pat will do, just make sure that they know that they did something right.
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Pay Attention to Your Horse's Mood - It is a Living Creature Report Abuse
3 points - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 1 comment
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For instance, do not kick or crop him/her just because you feel like it. Think about how YOU would want to be treated. If you treat Him/Her bad, all you will do is get yourself bucked off.
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Give Your Horse a Day Off Report Abuse
2 points - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 1 comment
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if you have worked your horse alot one night give the horse the next day off to recharge and to relax. and then see how the horse is doing the next day and they should be ready to ride again.
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Make Sure Your Saddle Fits Properly Report Abuse
2 points - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 2 comments
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Also make sure that your girth isn't too TIGHT either. Your horse make get very sensitive in that area and become girthy (when they bite/kick when you tighten the girth).
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Before you get on the horse make sure that your sattle is tight enough to get on and ride and when you begin riding if it is not tight enough tell your horse to sto get off and tighen it. then get back on and you should be good to ride that wonderful horse of yours.
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Learn the "release" when you get what you want from your horse. Report Abuse
2 points - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 1 comment
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negative reinforcement is how the horse leanrs best!!!....great tip
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Stay Relaxed Report Abuse
2 points - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 1 comment
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Your horse can feel when you're scared, so when you are relaxed, your horse is too, making the horse much calmer as well.
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Work on One Track Report Abuse
Working on one track is aimed at keeping the horse in a straight line even when he is traveling on a curve. The forehand and hindquarters move on the same line. Practice advancing the change of direction, turning corners or moving on a circle and the serpentine.
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Turning in Place on the Hindquarters Report Abuse
The turn on the hindquarters rotates the forequarters around the hindquarters, and the inside hind leg is the pivot. To turn to the right, bend the horse's head to the right with the right rein and shift your weight onto your right buttock. The left leg, a hand's-width behind the girth, guides each step around the hindquarters and prevents the movement of the hind legs to the outside.
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Making a turn to the right Report Abuse
To make a turn to the right, turn the horse's head with the right rein slightly toward the right, then use the right leg about a hand's width behind the girth to push the hindquarters sideways, one step at a time
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Keep Light Contact With Your Horse's Mouth Report Abuse
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Use a Bit Responsibly Report Abuse
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Always Finish On A Good Note. Report Abuse
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Mount Properly Report Abuse
Stand at the horse's left shoulder facing across the withers. Take the reins in your right hand and hold them up clear of the withers in a straight line. No slack should be in the reins, no pull either. Take the reins in your left hand, with your forefinger separating them, and slide your hand down to a point on the horse's neck just ahead of his withers. Turn to face the horse's croup. Take hold of mane or grab the horn of the sadde...place your left foot in the stirrup. Place the ball of your foot in the stirrup, grasp the cantle with your right hand and with your right leg spring high enough to straighten your lfet leg. Swing your right leg arcross the horse's back and settle into the opposite stirrup.
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Ride Bareback Report Abuse
Riding bareback is one of the best ways to attain a firm and balanced seat.
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Turning in Place on the Forehand Report Abuse
The turn on the forehand rotates the hindquarters around the forehand, with the inside forefoot as a pivot.
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Tighten the Girth so the Saddle Doesn't Slip Report Abuse
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Ride Both Ends of Your Horse Report Abuse
-1 point - added 10 years ago by dspsfarm - 2 comments
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it means pay attention to your horses back legs and hindquarters and front legs and shoulders. when crooked you must understand if your horse needs to straighten his shoulders or hinquarters and you must ride that end and adjust your horse accordingly.
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Wht do u mean BOTH ends????
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Ride Where You Can - Train Where You Can't Report Abuse
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