There are some common mistakes that you, as a beginning rider, may make when you first learn how to ride horseback. Below are some of the most typical ones and the ways of fixing them.
Mistake 1. Hands in the Air
You may instinctively use your hands as well as arms for balancing yourself when you begin to feel insecure. The same goes for beginner riders. They tend to hand up in the air. They are at shoulder height sometimes. It will be able to leave the reins long, and you cannot have control of your horse. Or, you let the reins slide through your hands and lift your hands to create contact instead of shortening the reins.
How to fix it: Follow the horse’s movement with your core and seat. Keep an even tension on the reins as well as keeping the hands at your hip level. It would be best if you readjusted the reins when your horse pulls them loose. There should be one imaginary straight line going from the elbows, wrist, reins hands, forearm, as well as to the bit in the mouth of the horse when you are direct reining. When you are neck reining, feel a slight tension on your reins when pulling back. Keep the hands at your hip level and elbows at the side.
Mistake 2: Grip Tightly With The Legs
Compared to grip, riding is more related to balance. The muscles will become active; they will not be tense. Plus, you do not desire to be one clothespin on the back of your horse. Clenching with the lower or upper leg or both may be tiring and is probably understood by the horse as one cue to move forward. As clenching and gripping tend to make the body tense, they can affect the horse’s attitude.