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Horse Riding steps for beginners – Galloping thrill

Horse-riding is a little bit complex. But it is not impossible. Possible, when you know your basics right.

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Mount the horse

Mount the horse

Mind your left, first. You need to approach the horse by the left side. Place your left foot in the stirrup and lift your right foot carefully. If you find it difficult to do on your own, get your coach or friend to help you. And do not forget to fasten the girth (horse-speak for the belt that keeps the saddle tight). A little negligence and the saddle will be unbalanced. Once you are done with these steps, sit slowly on the saddle making sure that you won't hurt the horse. A hurt horse is not fit for riding. If you stay at a place such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, it will be easy to find an expert to help you out.

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Adjust the stirrup

Adjust the stirrup

Remember to keep the stirrup at the length of your arm. The best way to measure the stirrup is to place them on your armpit and check whether your hand could reach the stirrup bars. This should be done before you mount the horse.

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Get your horse to walk

Get your horse to walk

Now you are getting to the business. Make some sound and press his sides softly with your legs. The ideal place is just before the girth. Horse knows this language. But if he doesn't seem to understand, press a bit tougher.

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Stop the horse

Stop the horse

The most important lesson is to know how to stop the horse or get him to slow down. For that, you need to lean softly backwards making a sound. Afterwards, pull the reins. Remember well not to squeeze with your legs at all. Do not confuse the horse with your signals.

4

Turn the horse

Turn the horse

Squeeze him with your right leg, and he will turn left. Squeeze him with the left leg and he will turn right. While you are at this, let your hands give directions too. While you squeeze him with your right leg show your left hand to show him the path.

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Get the horse to trot

Get the horse to trot

You should learn this step only once you have mastered the previous steps. You should be well confident in controlling the horse before learning the art of asking the horse to trot. Just squeeze him with both your legs and make a sound. If he doesn't seem to get your signal, repeat it with a little harder touch. Kick him not so hard, if he doesn't listen. This is an interesting step taught in horse riding in Abu Dhabi.

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Trot styles

Trot styles

A horse has two styles of trot: sitting and rising trot. Sit trot means you need to sit in the saddle and grasp the bounce of the trot. The rising trot is comparatively easier. For that you only need to go up every second step and sit down every other step. You will experience a lot of bounces in the trot. It needs a bit of physical workouts because you need to push with legs and stand up at each step. The trot is a fast movement. You will be going up and down every moment, depending on the horse's speed. Settle in with the flow and do not try to control too much.