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Controling Your Horse

Aug 14, 2008
Horseback riding is a love of the outdoors. People that love to horseback ride are truly in to nature and the special feeling of riding a horse through trail rides just as they did in the old days. Learning to relax and enjoy your ride only comes with lots of practice on a good horse. Learning to control your horse with ease and comfort is very important. Everyone agrees that galloping or loping your horse is the most fun of all.

While galloping your horse, your body and that of your horse completely change. The mechanics for both of you shift. The horse's back drops down and he lifts all four feet off the ground at once. The rider comes up in the saddle a little and pushes down in to his stirrups for balance. In this position, it is most difficult to handle your balance and your horse at the same time. There are many times when your horse can get spooked and take off running with you to hang on and try to regain control.

If your horse starts to take off with you, don't panic. Go with the gallop but instead of just letting the horse head straight on until he gets tired, pull him on one rein and begin to put him in to a circle. He will be lead back around to where he started. If he continues to be out of control, then continue to keep him in a circle, making it tighter each time. He will soon learn that he is not getting his way and is returning to the place that he was fleeing. You are telling the horse that you were still in control. His bolt did absolutely no good. In this way you let him work his way through the scare with calm and ease. Some would jump off the horse and give him punishment that he won't understand at all. Patience and calm always win out.

Practice the correct form in a canter verses a gallop as it is much easier to learn at a slower pace. The canter is just a little slower gait. Put yourself in the two-point position when getting ready to gallop or canter. When your horse starts to move forward, push down in your stirrups and lean forward while lifting your bottom up off of the saddle seat. Concentrate on keeping the reins secure in your hands. Some actually place their hands on the mane of the horse and grab hold of some hair.

Try to relax as much as possible. Your entire body reacts when your horse will go in to the gallop and it can be difficult to learn the mechanics at first. You want to squeeze in a little harder with your legs while pushing down in to your stirrups, but at the same time you should be loose in your knees so that you can move gracefully with the horse on the up and down motion. Practice until you feel at ease with the movement.

The most important thing is to relax and enjoy. Your horse will read your feelings of fear if you are not relaxed and happy. In other words, go with it and have fun!

If you have any questions on Horse supplies or Posh Pampered Pets, please call 979-221-7251 or visit us at "http://www.poshpamperedpets.com". Our home office is located in Waller, Texas, with warehouses located throughout the United States such as Dallas TX, Houston TX, New York NY, Denver CO, Chicago ILL, Seattle WA, Kansas City MO, Miami FL, Raleigh-Durham NC, Washington DC, Los Angeles CA, Fayetteville AR, Philadelphia PA, Phoenix Arizona, San Antonio TX Texas.
About the Author
This article was written by Janine Carter, owner of Posh Pampered Pets. If you have any questions regarding Horse Supplies or Posh Pampered Pets , please feel free to call 979-221-7251 or visit us at " http://www.poshpamperedpets.com ".
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