Preparing for your first horse riding lesson is an exciting time for any new rider. Your
excitement, though, can easily mix with some feelings of anxiety and nerves. Climbing up into the saddle for the first time can be a little intimidating. However, with the right mindset and knowing what to expect before you climb up, the entire experience can be that much more enjoyable.
To help you prepare for your first horse riding lesson, here are a few tips:
Tip #1: When preparing for your first riding lesson it is important to dress yourself in appropriate attire.
When you are working around horses it is very important to wear close-toed shoes to ensure that your foot is safe from accidentally being stepped on. In addition to wanting a shoe with a closed toe you also need a shoe with a raised heel for riding. The raised heel ensures that the shoe will not slide all the way through the stirrup and keep your foot more secure while riding. This is why riding boots are specifically designed to have a raised heel. Another important piece of attire is long pants. Form fitting pants such as breeches, jeans, or leggings are preferred, as they allow you to move more easily in the saddle and also ensure that your clothing does not get caught on any foreign objects. Next up you will need to make sure that you have a properly fitting helmet that will protect your head in the event of an injury. Ask your instructor to make sure that your helmet is the correct size and fitted securely.
Tip #2: Think about the horse you will be riding.
It is the instructor’s responsibility to pick out an appropriate horse for the riders skill level. A first ride will likely be on a trusted school horse or pony. This school horse will be your guide and partner as you go through your first lesson. School horses are great because the have given tons of lessons before and they will do their very best to help as you begin the process of learning to ride. Sometimes, a school horse may be having a grumpy day, but more often than not they are happy to be doing their job and will work hard for you, if you treat them with patience, kindness, and respect.
Tip #3: The most important thing to remember that riding is fun!
If you feel yourself getting nervous or frustrated just ask your instructor to take a moment with you. Take a deep breath, relax and try to do your best. Remember that this is your first ride and that your skills will only grow and improve.
Now that you're prepared for your first riding lesson, it's time to sign up! You can sign up for lessons by calling our staff at (812) 287-7326 or by contacting us today!