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Most Common Beginner Horse Riding Mistake

The first time and the beginnings are always the hardest, so if you are experiencing failures in your first horseback riding do not worry, it’s just natural as long as you learn from those and grow. We know, you must be wondering what the common mistakes there are for beginners. Today, we are going over some of the most common beginner’s mistake and you possibly doing them too! But again, these mistakes are expected to happen for first timers and as you go through practices and more, you begin to pick up the pace.

Wrong Hand Positioning
Based on our experience and observation, this is by far the most common mistake done by young equestrian and riders– holding the reins the wrong way. One mistake of wrong hand positioning is when rein enters a closed hand at the thumb end and exiting through the little finger with finger facing up, pros know that this won’t just work. Another one is when you hold the hand flat, fingers facing downwards and the knuckles parallel to the ground. Holding it these ways make it hard to maintain a subtle contact with the horse’s mouth.

Forced Halt
We know, we get it. You are scared the horse might not stop at your command. But remember that pulling it roughly in the mouth is a destructive mistake. You will never be able to control a strong horse by using full force. Note that a trained horse will recognize a light contact when you push with your legs up into your hands.

Tense Arms
Always the first-timers mistake is to feel tense and nervous. That’s only natural but remember that when your muscle is tense, it might affect the way of your commanding to the horse which requires physical signals.

Looking Down
Okay, beginners are just conscious of how high they are or how they look sitting on top of the horse. This is not a casino game so always remember to keep your eyes looking ahead. This will be mostly needed on your horseback riding tour.

Slouching Position
Ever seen a jockey in a slouching position? Yes, that’s because it will be uncomfortable for the horse and the rider as well. So, always keep your back straight while focusing on the way.

Heels to the Sky
Alright, when you climb the horse your heels are probably reaching for the sky but that should not be the case while you are on a ride with your horse. Just keep it calm and cool and keep your toes pointing forward as well making a good balance.

Beginner’s Guide to Equestrian Terms

Getting yourself involved in sports also requires an in-depth understanding of what you are going into. The first step to take is to learn the basic terminologies of the sport you want to join and grow from there. Equestrian like any other sports out there also has terms exclusive for it. Today, we are going to walk you through some of the basic terms you should know. You probably know some of the words listed below already but there should be something new around the bush.

As you might already know, equestrian terms developed over the past centuries. Note that some terms are only used in certain countries such United States, United Kingdom, and Australia so terms may vary depending on your location.

Ace or ACP
Also known as acepromazine or acetyl promazinem a sedative widely used on horses by a professional veterinary. It is illegal to use in a show ring.

Agistment/Agister
In Australia, it means letting out pasture to the horse but in Agister in the United Kingdom means an official or member of the New Forest Verderers whose duty is to control grazing on the Forest.

Aids
Pertaining to the signal from the rider or driver to the horse instructing it to do a task. It goes down to variation: natural and artificial aids. Natural aids pertains to the hands, seat, weight, legs, and voice while artificial aids pertains to extending, reinforcing (included terms are bits, whips, spurs, and martingales)

Airs above the ground/Airs

In the rider’s command, the horse leaps with two or four legs a movement in haute ecolé or “high school” classical dressage. Coined by the Lipizzan horses at the Spanish Riding School. They also call it school jumps.

Amble
This pertains to the range of four-beat intermediate speed horse gaits that are smoother to ride. Various terms also include slow gait, single foot, running walk, stepping pace, sobreandando, paso corto, paso llano, rack, tölt, and paso largo which all depend on the style, speed, rhythm, and breed of horse.

Bearing rein, overcheck or checkrein


Strap from the over the head of the horse from its back. This is to prevent the horse from lowering the horse’s head at a point.

Bit
An item placed into the mouth of the horse to guide and direct it. Made of metal and other materials such as rubber.

Bolting
The horse running away without a rider or when the horse eats too fast.