Your First Lesson: Mounting Your Horse

Like every firsts in life, mounting your horse for the first time is a seemingly impossible task. There have been many injuries that occurred in the past at the equestrian’s first try.

Before you get too advanced and read about effective horse riding techniques, you have to learn how to mount your horse properly, don’t you?

Mounting Your Horse

For newbies, this might seem very easy to do so – until you’re about to do it, that is. But don’t worry, we understand the feeling. But before you do that, you have to check is the tightness of the girth first. If it is too loose, the saddle will slip to one side while you’re mounting due to the force that you’re exerting.

Generally, you ride the horse on its left side, which is often called the near side, rather than its right side. One reason for it is that many horses have been trained that way.

It is better to get the aid of a mounting block. There’s no shame in that, I assure you. Every professional was once a newbie. Not only will you find it easier to mount your horse, you can also ensure better safety while doing so, for there will be lesser chance that your saddle will slip to one side, as well as there will be less pressure on the stirrup leathers.

When mounting, grab the reins in your left hand while it’s placed on the saddle’s pommel. The key in mounting is moderation: you should not hold the reins too tightly or the horse will move backwards and not too lightly that your equine friend will not stay still while you’re at it.

Next, turn your face to the back of the horse, in preparation to taking the stirrup with your free hand, which is your right hand, and then turn it clockwise so you will be able to gently put your left foot in it to the extent that the ball of your foot can be located at the bottom of the stirrup. The key word is gentle; if you happened to kick your horse with your left foot, even if it wasn’t a powerful one, the horse will be prompted to move forward, thereby causing you to fall and possibly suffer a couple of broken bones.

Next will be a slightly quick progression of actions: while your left hand is holding the reins and your left foot is secured in the stirrup, put your right hand on the cantle, which is the back portion of the saddle, then jump up until your right leg is over the back of the horse, while your right hand will be released from the cantle so it may grab the rein designated for it. At that moment, you should be able to sit on the saddle. After that, you can turn the other stirrup in a clockwise direction so you may be able to rest your other foot in it.

Congratulations! The first nightmare is over, and you can now begin to tackle the next one. Remember to simulate it in your head over and over, and do it by the book while riding. Time will come when you won’t even think about all those steps anymore, as it has become embedded in your system.

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