Horse Riding Mistakes (part 3)

Mistake 5. Slouching

Whether you are embarrassed about your height, apprehensive about riding, or attempting to imitate hunched over the cowboy you see in movies, slouching is one of the common mistakes. Several nervous riders appear to desire to curl into the fetal position when they ride. Yet, it is hard to control a horse when hunched, and your balance may be affected. Anything that impacts your balance also affects your horse’s ability to do its task well.

How to fix it: Sit up straight, yet relaxed. Stay away from going ramrod straight since that too can be one problem. Keep the chin up as well as looking where you are going. Squeezing the shoulder blades back will be likely to make you feel tense, thus instead, think of opening up the chest and letting the breastbone float upwards. You wish to stay supple as well as tension free.

Mistake 6: Drawing up the Knees

A lot of newbies look as if they are sitting in one chair as they get in the saddle for the first time. The knees are drawn up, and the heels are up, or they tend to be forced down, with the feet pushed forward. Several riders look like they attempt to imitate jockeys.

How to fix it: It is similar to clenching with your leg. Work on letting the leg hang downwards from your hip, and keeping the suitable leg alignment. Avoid pinching with your knees.

Mistake 7: Allowing the Reins to Slide

Horses move the heads as they move, and when a rider fails to accommodate this movement, they may have the reins pulled via the hands. It leaves the rider with limited contact on the bit, or less ability to cue the horse using the reins. You may compensate by lifting hands high up.