Mistake #1 – Thinking your horse is like a dog or a cat.

Unless the new horse owner has been educated, they may think their horse is like a cat or dog.  The new horse owner may pat his thigh and say, “C’mon” a few times and the horse will just leap into the trailer like a happy dog.

Since there is no one right way or one wrong way to train a horse, you may want to change the method you are using to train your horse.  You have several different ways to choose from.  If you are not having any luck with one method you can always try another.

90 cm training show in Honeydew with Bold One. He's such a rock star and I couldn't be prouder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrMi8oMdpwM

If you haven’t already made the purchase of a horse, here is something you might want to keep in mind.  Have a vet go with you to look at the horse before finalizing the purchase.  As the vet is looking over the horse, let him tell you what he learns about the horse.  You will have the opportunity to ask the vet questions about the horse.  If the vet does not feel the horse is right for you, listen to him when he tells you not to buy the horse.

Once your horse is consistently stopping in one stride and sliding a couple of feet when you say, “whoa”, you can begin to teach him to do a longer sliding stop.  Before you start this training make sure your horse is good at the short sliding stops, so that you will have a foundation to build on.

Mistake #1 – Assuming you can ride any horse

Horses are not all the same.  Some will let you get on and you can ride them easily.  While others are so green that you could get hurt if you have little or no riding experience.  The horses that will let just about anyone on and ride are usually the older horses.  Because they have been ridden the most they will be the most forgiving of the mistakes that a beginning rider can make.  The younger horses are a lot tougher to ride unless they have been completely broke.

The lead rope that attaches to the halter of the horse does not control the horse, and they won’t lead horses.  The lead rope lets you communicate the speed, the direction and the shape you want the horse to move.

Many young kids these days have the opportunity to ride horses by visiting local horse stables, and horseback riding schools where horse riding lessons are being offered. One of the most interesting things about horse riding is the fact that there are quite a few different styles of riding horses, or disciplines.

There are some people who try to lead their horse by controlling their head with a lead rope.  This results in them pulling or jerking the lead rope and the horse will pull back or push around the person with the lead rope.

Riding a horse can be for work, sports, or simply to have fun. Whatever your purpose is in learning to ride horses, you need to have reliable horse riding equipment to ensure that you are safe at all times, and that you get to maximise the benefits you can derive from riding horses.

There are really a lot of people today who got hooked with horse riding and ended up buying their own horses. With that in mind, here are some beginner horse riding tips, which ought to get you started in the right direction with your newly found pastime.

Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.

If you are either looking to buy a horse or maybe you have already acquired a horse.  Either way the will need to be trained.  Whether you do it yourself or hire a trainer to train the horse for you.

It is important that you get riding lessons from an expert trainer, they will be able to give you assistance on the essentials of horseback riding. When you take riding lessons, make it a point that you begin with horse training after you and your horse have actually grown accustomed to each other.

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