Continuous practice is very important in everything you do. Regardless if you’re training for the Olympics, trying to beat your housemate on the highest score rank of Angry bird or pushing your luck to get in American Idol. Once you think you’re already doing well, don’t stop and push yourself even harder.
The same goes with horse riding. You may think that you have acquired all the necessary skills to be a good rider, but you just simply should not stop there. You should always strive to improve your horsemanship.
So how do you make yourself even better?
Below are some of the tips that you can apply to become an even better horse rider.
1. Practice Riding at least 3 Times a Week
If you want to improve your riding skill faster, it’s important that you practice as much as you can. You should invest a lot of your time in horse riding. Practicing at least three times a week can advance your skill tremendously.
When you’re only practicing ones in a blue moon, there won’t be much of a progress on your skill. It’s more likely that you forgot what you learned on your previous session and had to relearn the skill or technique. Not only it’s a waste of time but going around the circle could be frustrating.
Three times a week of practice is already a good number, it would even be better if you can increase the frequency of your training.
2. Keep Your Eyes on Your Goals
Whether you’re horse riding professionally or leisurely, all of us have goals that we’re aiming to achieve. In most cases, the road to our goals is not an easy one. You would meet a lot of humps and bumps along the way. No matter what the obstacles are, always remember your goal and focus on it. Road bumps could bring you down, but you should not allow them to be the cause of losing your focus.
Patience is another key. You may be eager to hit the finish line, but you should be patient enough to never skip any step. Never rush your horse just because you want to finish faster. Being impatient can do more harm than good.
3. Know the Basics First
It’s almost impossible to master something more difficult without knowing the basics yet.
If you want to be as good as Valentina Truppa, you have to take time to know the basics first. You should spend time researching and learning the basic skills needed in horse riding. You should also learn the rules of the game, as well as the do’s and don’ts when it comes to etiquette.
Once you have mastered the basics, you can then proceed to the more complicated stuff. Learning is always a process and you just can simply skip to the next step without taking the necessary first few steps yet.
4. Have Consistency When You are Near Your Horse
Horses may look big and strong, but they are very sensitive animals. They observe all of your movements and react on how you behave near them.
Always be consistent when you are near your horse. Training your horse does not only happen when you are in the saddle, it’s a holistic experience that goes beyond being on top of your horse. Avoid jerky movements or sudden gestures when you are near your horse. A sudden raise of tone could send a different signal to your horse and it could cause him to panic or become uneasy. Keep yourself calm all the time. When faced with an unexpected situation, learn how to gather yourself and control your reaction. You certainly don’t want your horse to run frantically just because you saw a big rat at the corner of your eyes.
5. No Two Horses Are The Same
We should never come to a generalization that all horses are the same.
Just like human beings, each horse has its own unique qualities and characteristics. That is why it’s important that you treat each horse differently. Just because you had an easy time with the previous horse does not mean that you will experience the same with the new one. Gauge each horse that you come across with and take time to get to know them.
You have to be patient if you want to become a successful horse rider. Don’t think that the technique that you learned from the previous horse will work exactly the same with the current one. It may take you more time to warm up on some horses but what’s important is the end result. Just continue on pushing through and all horses would eventually love you.
6. Pay Full Attention to Your Horse
You and your horse would spend a lot of time together.
When you are together, you have to pay full attention to your horse. Learn all of his movements and observe his reactions to your actions. By getting to know your horse better, you lessen the risk of accidents and injury. You will also have a better performance if you are sensitive to what your horse feels.
Horse riding is a team work. You won’t become successful alone; you have to consider your horse as a team member and knowing everything about your horse can certainly go a long way. After each training session, try to evaluate your performance as well as your horse’s. Take all the cues and clues from your horse and use these to improve your techniques.
7. Maintain a Happy Attitude
Your horse can pick up your different mood swings.
Horses are smart creature and they can sense if you are nervous, anxious or depressed. Having a negative mood can also affect your horse negatively. Try to create a happy aura instead whenever you are near your horse. Get rid of the negative emotions and focus on the positive things. A happy rider begets a happy horse.
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