3 Nov 2010

Learning to ride


To learn how to assemble, the key to being successful remains, whether your goal through beautiful scenery on country walks, or have dreams of competing internationally, a great teacher, a proper horse and a safe environment. Given the willingness to learn, aspects such as age and the existence of a disability are irrelevant aspects, and in the latter case there is a medical advice and seeking a qualified teacher and a school.In the event an opportunity to ride a horse or pony from a friend should always get a solid foundation may, in addition to riding lessons, advice to friends with experience in magazines and look at the options of riding that suits you. Finding a good riding school that will give these bases is not difficult, for example in England, ensuring optimum performance is given by the member schools of the Association of British Riding Schools and approved by the British Horse Society recognized worldwide, the United States, there is the Certification Program Instructor Riding American, although according to the National Equestrian Federation of the United States, there are only instructors who have not completed this program.
Choosing a Riding School:After doing a search for opportunities, please visit the facilities and watch a class for beginners. To assess the quality of a school must take into account some essential points:Horses and ponies that appear to be in good shape and be friendly;Stables clean;Tack and equipment clean and in good condition;Stables, fences and fields well arranged;Employees friendly, students seem satisfied and competent teachers.However, it should be reticent to observe:Horses in poor condition and which threaten to bite or kicking;Tools and equipment scattered randomly;Harness dirty or broken;"Paddocks" shoddy fence and buildings in disrepair;Obnoxious rude employees and teachers.
The Essential equipment to assemble:The most important in the purchase of equipment is you feel comfortable and safe. It is an essential protection for the head, or "touch", which has an appropriate size and complying with safety standards, and safe footwear: jodhpur boots or rubber boots are a very inexpensive solution. Wear boots or stiff-soled sports shoes becomes dangerous because they can slip into the stirrups or they may be on his toes.If you do not want to invest in shorts riding on top, opt for clothes nor too loose nor too tight pants without side seams (which are much more comfortable "jeans") and gloves of cotton or wool. You can also buy a protective vest when you start jumping, especially in cross-country. "
The first lessons:The first classes should be individual, and afterwards to have lessons in groups where they will take advantage and more fun.Probably in the beginning, it will feel a little nervous and you will arise such questions as:Will I make the figure of "silly"?Will I lose control?Will I fall and hurt me?Will I have pain after riding?The answer should always be no. The teacher should always be in control, choosing a quiet, experienced horse and lead it by a guide (with a long reins that control the horse while he walks in a circle), so just have to follow the indications and rationale of teacher , stay focused and adapt well to the movement of the horse.At first, the ideal is to ride once a week, however if you do twice a week will progress more quickly. Between classes can swim, bike or jump rope because these exercises will help tone the muscles that are used when riding.
Communicating with Horses:By learning to ride you will also learn to be communicating with these animals.Your posture when you sit on a horse is very important, and not just to look good but also so you can give instructions to the horse with the seat, legs, hands and voice. The first thing to learn is to keep the balance by step, then a trot and then canter.In step, should be able to count 1,2,3,4 to hear hoof beats, the trot rhythm is 1.2 as the horse moves his legs in diagonal pairs, the gallop the horse has to move a rate of 1,2,3.The galloping horse with a bigger stride of the forelimbs, and galloping in a circle, this member must be the inside due to the balance. No knight, not even the best, stop learning and always needed a lot of practice. May take into account the following advice:Do not look down but always where to go;Do not hold your breath as it becomes more relaxed;While holding the reins think they have a bird in the hands grab him not to run away but not the press not to hurt;At the trot or gallop try to capture the movement from the waist, a good rider though it seems is still accompanies the movement of the horse.
Understand the mentality of the Horse:To increase your confidence try to learn to deal with horses and how they think: where to move, clean equipment and horses, while talking with them calmly, avoid sudden movements and loud sounds, because even the pony more docile can scare yourself with these stimuli.The horse has a viewing angle of approximately 360, with a blind spot in front, because their eyes are on the sides of the head. Use body language to communicate with the horses (for example, if the eye contact, they tend to stay away), but always approaching one part in which to see.

Making Progress

Throughout their learning, should not resist when confronted with difficult obstacles to overcome or do not have a continuous development should seek your teacher always something that worries him.
The step that follows on the foundations of learning to ride in the guide is a closed school. Usually around this room has the letters A, K, E, H, C, F, B and F, which have no known meaning in English but the phrase "All King Ed ward's Horses Can Manage Big Fences" is a good mnemonic. These letters serve as a reference point to make the rounds. You can join a group to give lessons in the open, after getting the go walk, trot and canter safely. This will help you gain confidence and also to realize that horses become more aware of what surrounds them in this kind of indoors.Observing more experienced riders, (working in video, in competition will also help as it will have a visual sense of the proper way to mount it can influence it.
Work on Barriers and Work Plan:Working over poles and small obstacles you will only have advantages, even feeling like your horse's feet firmly on the ground: in addition to encouraging the horse to make use of the hindlimbs at work will teach you to pick up the pace of horse, to coordinate the movements and balance. The horse creates its thrust (power) on the back, rump and hind limbs, whereas this energy is controlled and directed by his hands, which is why the jumps and work the plan are activities that are complementary.Their initiation will be made on the heels on the ground with sticks and easels. You'll learn to ride on lines parallel rods whose length will be adequate in the footsteps of the horse. Over time the obstacle course will do combine all the techniques learned.

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