Horse & Rider Weekly #7: General tips for improved riding

So I really didn’t know what should today’s article be on, so I decided to put some general tips for improved riding, in general.

  1. Stay relaxed. Don’t tense up. It gives your horse a command to go forward.
  2. Don’t round your shoulders or hunch your back. Sit straight and tall. It will help in keeping your balance.
  3. Don’t dig your heels into the horse’s side. It only squeezes the horse to go faster. 
  4. In spooky conditions, verbally comfort your horse. It does help, trust me. 
  5. Many people tell you to force your heels down. DON’T do that. The correct way to keep your heels is more or less level.

    This is not how to keep your heels. Unfortunately most people will tell you to keep them like this.

    This is not how to keep your heels. Unfortunately most people will tell you to keep them like this.

    Your heels should be more or less like this. Even slightly higher will do.

    Your heels should be more or less like this. Even slightly higher will do.

  6. Look where you want to go when turning. If your horse is obedient, he/she will turn in that direction without you needing your reins. 

Short post, I know 😦 also, sorry for late upload. You’ll get a proper post on Friday.

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