How to Ride a Horse in a Safe Area

Once you have decided on what riding you want to do, you can think about where to do it. Most people go to a riding school or a stable in order to ride.

Steps

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    Get riding lessons. Taking lessons at a riding school is a good way to learn to ride or to improve your technique. You will also meet other people who like riding. It's important to pick a good school, so get advice from someone knowledgeable. If you can find somewhere approved by a horse society, look around the school to see if it is a well-run school and what the lessons are like.
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    Go riding. Riding out in the countryside is a really fun way to practise your horse riding skills, whether you go hacking, trekking or trail-riding. You can hacking from a riding school. Treks and trail rides are offered by trekking centres and horse ranches. Again, it's a good idea to get a recommendation.
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    Stay alert of traffic and cars. Make sure your horse is listening to your aids.
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    Keep to the inside and, if possible, ride on the verge, walk or trot. but don't canter, even on the verge.
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    Thank drivers who slow down. Raise one hand or nod and smile.
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    If you want to change direction, warn drivers by signalling. If you are turning left, take out your left arm. Same with the right. If turning right, hold out your right arm.
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    If you see something that may spook your horse, wait until the road is clear and try to pass it. Cars may also spook your horse, which causes it to run out the road and get injured by a car.
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    If you are leading a horses on the road, keep him on the inside, away from the traffic.
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    Wear a reflective green or orange vest or bright colours so drivers can see you through their flashlights.
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    Always keep to a track or bridleway where there is one, and ask for permission before riding over private land. Avoid riding over crops and plants in a field, if you really need to go through the garden, ride near the fence. Be considerate. Pass people a walk, especially if they have kids. If you come across other animals, pass them at walk and don't disturb them wild or not. Shut any gates you open.
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    Open and shut gates without dismounting. Walk up to the gate, stopping with your horses shoulder against the latch. Reach down and open the gate being careful that it doesn't touch your horse. Ride through slowly, keeping one hand on the gate to stop it from swinging. Turn back, your horses neck should arch over the fence and close it gently.

Tips

  • Here's what to look for in a good stable:
    • A tidy yard
    • A well-managed stable yard
    • The buildings are maintained in a good condition and the insides of the stable are clean.
    • The horses look happy and healthy.

Warnings

  • Try to find a stable in a nice area.
  • Be careful on the road.

Article Info

Categories: Riding