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.
How to fix it: When sitting in the saddle, you should allow the leg to hang from the hip. Enable the weight to fall on the heel. When you jam the heel down, you can pinch with the knees. Either, clench with the legs. Remember, keep the foot under you instead of letting the leg swing to the back or front. One imaginary straight line should be present from the hip, ear, and shoulder to your heel.
Mistake 3: Stand Tippy Toe
It tends to occur as you first learn the way of posting the trot. Attempting to lift yourself out of your saddle through rocking up (often hunching your shoulders as well as trying to ‘hop’ out of your saddle) and standing on the tiptoes may have you behind the trot’s rhythm as well as doubling bouncing heavily in your saddle. The hands are likely to go up when you attempt to counterbalance yourself. The consequence is one grumpy horse, as well as its uncomfortable, unbalanced rider.
How to fix it: Work on the position of the leg. Keep the lower leg still, with the feet below you similarly to when you stand on the ground with the slightly bent knees. Learn the way of using the core muscles to help with posting the trot and not the feet.
Mistake 4: Ram the Feet to the Stirrups
It is not comfortable to have the feet rammed overly far to the stirrups, and it can be dangerous when you do not use safety stirrups or put on proper boots.
How to fix it: Be sure that the stirrups are the right length. The stirrup needs just to hit the ankle bone as the legs hang free with the feet out of the stirrups.
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.