Horse Riding Mistakes (part 4)

Mistake 7: Allowing the Reins to Slide

How to fix it: Riding is one constant process of re-balancing as well as readjusting; thus, learning to stop the behavior does help. Yet, even at a walk, the head of a horse bobs up and down; hence, the rider needs to move the hands and arms. That way, the reins will not become too long. Allow your arms to hang down your sides, letting them swing subtly; do as if the shoulders were hinges. When the horse pulls forward, for example, when it sneezes, trips, or steps over something, know how to use your arms to provide the horse with more rein, and not allow the reins to slide through the fingers. Learn the way of shortening your reins when you go. Plus, when you increase the pace, we suggest you shorten the reins, as the horse indeed lifts the head slightly since it trots as well as cantering or loping.

Mistake 8: Holding Your Breath

You know, even experienced riders may do this when picking up something new. However, new riders who are concentrating very hard or tense, often hold their breath.

How to fix it: Laugh, smile, hum a tune. Else, try breathing in rhythm with strides of the horse.

Mistake 9: Gripping Hard on the Reins

You know, pulling hard on the reins may confuse and frustrate your horse since the rider‘s legs, as well as the seat, say ‘go,’ yet their hands say ‘whoa.’ When you do it over a long while, the horse will ignore rein aids as their mouth becomes desensitized. Else, they will toss the heads to stay away from the pressure and pain. When the pulling becomes overly constant, some horses are highly likely to become balky. Else, they will rear to evade the pressure.