Ridersmate loves horses
We at Ridersmate love horse riding and we’re here for horse riders across the world. Below are some tips for a safe, efficient and mutually respectful ride.
It’s okay to get off
In the case of horse riding, more so than any other kind of riding, there’s an inherent pride that comes with the territory. To be exact, there’s the pride you feel toward your horse and the connection you have with it, but then there’s also self-pride, which can cause problems. If your horse is a little jittery or misbehaving, don’t be too proud to get off. It sounds like the most obvious advice, but this is where a lot of accidents occur, with riders being even more stubborn than their ride. So if your horse isn’t quite itself, or if the surroundings and external factors are just a little too much to handle, get down, tie the reins to a post and do a little soothing before continuing with the ride.
If you fall off, take your time
Similar to the above tip, if you fall off (as a result of your own fault, the horse’s, or any other reason), only get back on if you’re absolutely sure you can and should. If you’ve hurt yourself, you do of course need to either wait until the pain subsides or get back on only when you feel it’s right. If the horse is spooked, invest time into strengthening the trust you share by making eye contact, calming its nerves and offering softly spoken reassurance. The best riders are those who realise that even prize horses can require a little TLC whilst on a ride. Furthermore, if you’ve fallen due to the horse’s actions, it isn’t going to think any less of you for taking a few minutes to catch your breath and have a stretch.
Lead but don’t demand
As much as the horse will enjoy the ride (and we assure you that it will), it is still a living creature with its own mind, temperament, requirements and preferences. If the weather is muggy or drizzly, or if the surroundings are unfamiliar or frenetic, your horse may not be as receptive to your commands as usual. This isn’t an opportunity to lay down the law, but instead to demonstrate your skills and capacity for being a true leader. Treat the horse with respect and patience whilst clearly communicating your instructions, and you’ll find that it pays off immediately and in the long-term.
Keep the two of you safe
In the event of an accident, Ridersmate connects you to emergency contacts and those that can help. Obviously the device was invented for humans, but it can keep your horse safe as well. The last thing that anyone wants is to be incapacitated and unable to call for assistance, so stay safe, ride responsibly, and take your Ridersmate wherever you go.
Image credit: Cantref Riding Centre