Strategies To Practice On Horse Riding

By Orlando Finlay

Horse Riding takes many forms, from acting as a jockey to going out on the trail for pleasure. Safety is always a concern. Racing horses for a living is fraught with danger. For the pleasure rider, it is less expensive to rent than own the animal. There are no boarding fees or vet care bills.

The Western style uses a bulky leather saddle that has a saddle horn at the front. The single set of reins are held in the left hand. An English saddle is flat leather and there are two sets of reins the rider holds in both hands.

In Western competitions you will see barrel racing and pole bending, plus other timed events. The barrel racing requires completing a cloverleaf pattern, which includes turning around three barrels without tipping them over. Fastest time wins.

The English jumping saddlery competitions are open to both men and women. Western barrel racing is performed most often by women. It is an integral part of any rodeo and the only event women compete in. The winner is traditionally named rodeo queen.

Any parade is made better by having a group of equestrians in it. The rider must be able to control the mount because there are people lining the streets on either side. If a loud noise were to spook one of these thousand pound animals, someone in the crowd might be injured.

Other equine related fun includes joining a riding club with other owners. Everyone discusses the latest news related to riding and gives advice based on their experience. A uniform makes everyone feel a sense of camaraderie. Group trail rides are a good source of enjoyment.

There is a branch of equestrian activity that takes years to perfect and requires admirable communication between horse and rider. This type of activity is acting as a cutting horse. The team isolates one calf out from the rest of a herd. Cowboys originally did this at branding time out on the open range.

The cowboy need not guide the animal with the reins, but, rather leans his weight from side to side to signal the horse which direction to move in. It takes years of repetition to perfect this kind of equine activity. Communication is an integral and necessary part of this riding.

An inexperienced rider may be interested only in how fast he can go. There are three gaits, the trot, the cantor and the gallop. The trot causes the rider to bounce up and down. The cantor is a slower, controlled gallop and the gallop is an all out run at the fastest speed. Horse Riding is not only about speed. It is equally important to know how to maintain enough control to stop.

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