How To: Ride a horse western saddle

If you are learning how to ride a horse, one of the most important things you'll need is the ability to use a saddle. In this tutorial, you will learn how to saddle up Western style and start riding like a real cowboy. This video is hosted by Jeremy, the wrangler at Vickers Dude Ranch in Lake City, Colorado, provides simple instructions on how to properly ride a horse and enjoy it. You will learn how to attach the saddle, jump up and finally how to ride properly.

How To: Stop a horse from walking off when you mount

Rick Gore tells us how to stop a horse from walking off when you mount. The reason why a horse walks off when you mount it, it's because you trained it that way, when you've mounted previously you would allow it to mount off. Also when you mount you cause the horse to lose it's balance, and when a horse loses it's balance, it starts to walk a bit to regain it's balance. To stop a horse to from losing it's balance you should square it up, push the horse a little bit and it's feet will square u...

How To: Mount a horse properly to prevent injury

Julie Goodnight guides you through how to safely mount and dismount a horse. First make sure you put the reigns up over the horses head. Keep the reigns in your hands so you always have control of your horse. Check the cinch on the saddle before putting your foot in the stirrup. Make sure the horses feet are square so it can properly brace when you go to mount. Stand to the front of the horse, facing the rear, so you can see the legs at all times. This will also discourage your horse from ste...

How To: Fit a breast collar and back cinch on your horse

First of all you have to check the breast collar which is attached and hanged to the saddle. You have to maintain safety by not ducking under the horse neck. It is better for you to go around and do your job. Keep your head away from the horse head while attaching a collar. Ask your handler to hold the horse for you. Now pick your breast collar up and reach around the horse. Don’t duck under the horse head, but bring the collar belt to your side and then attach it to the ring on the saddle. N...

How To: Perform a safety check before horseback riding

In this how-to video, you will learn how to perform a safety check before riding your horse. Do your check on both sides. Go to the off-side first. When you go around, make sure that there is no wear or tear on parts where metal and leather connect. Go back and check different parts of the saddle, stirrups, and cinch. Start off with a bit and make sure it fits. Next, make the cheek pieces are correct and the nose band is correct. You should fit one finger underneath this. The throat latch sho...

How To: Fit a martingale on your horse

First of all you need to know that there are different types of Martingale Fit. In this tutorial you are first shown a running Martingale Fit. It is attached around the neck by wrapping it. You have to make sure to wrap it around the neck in such a way that it fits to come exactly in the middle of the horse’s chest. Here you have to make the connections. Now you have to go underneath the legs and attach it to the girth. You shall notice two rings hanging over from the chest. You have to attac...

How To: Use direct and indirect reining

Rick Gore explains the differences between direct reining and indirect reining to have better control over the horse and have him go where you desire. Direct reining, also referred as plow reining, is when pressure is applied directly to the horse by pulling the rein. Apply as much pressure as you want to have the horse turn the way you want. Indirect reining on the other hand, is without pressure, laying the rein on the horses' neck to give him an indirect cue to go a certain way, instead of...

How To: Teach a horse to jog and canter under saddle

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to teach a horse to jog and canter under saddle. In order to teach the horse anything under saddle when you're riding them, you need to make sure that they can follow the commands on the ground. You need good groundwork before using commands under the saddle. You should prepare your horse with physical and verbal cues that you have taught it on the ground. So when you get on the saddle, it will be able to follow your commands. This video will benefit ...

How To: Saddle a horse, English style

Whether you are out hunting or thinking about joining a derby, you will need to learn to ride a horse first. Before you can ride, you need to saddle the horse. Check out this tutorial for information on how to saddle your pony English style, and then head out and find yourself a riding coach. Have fun!

How To: Properly cinch a saddle

There are a lot of variations in how one cinches a saddle. The saddle should be tight but not too tight; it should not be uncomfortable for the horse, and yet the saddle shouldn't rotate. One should not move the cinch around a lot when cinching it because it irritates the horse. One wraps the leather strap through a hole in the saddle and in the cinch 1-4 times. The second rear cinch has a buckle, and for both cinches one should check that they are laid flat with no kinks or burrs. One may ch...

How To: Ride a horse on difficult terrain

Riding a horse is one of the most fun outdoor activities you can do. They're fast, fun, friendly animals and provide tons of exercise. If you are used to only riding your horse around a farm or riding path, you may not be prepared for rougher terrain. For example, riding a horse on the side of a hill can be new and scary to both the horse and the rider. In this tutorial, Rick Gore will show you how to prepare your horse for riding and feel safe on difficult footing. Follow along with this vid...

How To: Teach a horse to back up under saddle

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to teach a horse to back up under saddle. Teaching a horse to do anything under saddle usually starts on the ground. If your horse knows how to back up on ground then you can do it under saddle. On ground put a little bit of pressure on his nose with your hand and he will backup. Then put a little pressure on the rein and speak and tell him ‘back’ and he will. Then once you get on the saddle, pull the reins slightly and say ‘back’. ...

How To: Groom your horse

Maylyn McEwan describes how to give a horse a perfect groom. She says you must clean the hooves, remove any dirt and sweat marks, remove hair and promote circulation, remove any dirt and grease, groom the head, brush the mane, brush the tail, sponge the eyes, nose, and clock, lay the mane and tail, strap your horse, and oil the hooves. There are many benefits to grooming your horse. It improves your horse's health; promotes muscle tone and circulation; strengthens the bond between horse and o...

How To: Strap your horse

Maylyn McEwan describes how to strap your horse without harming it. She says you should strap the neck, shoulder area, hind quarters, lower hind quarters, and then the other side. Strapping is a traditional but very effective method to promote circulation and to build muscle. Strap your horse.

How To: Tie a quick release knot

Horseback riding can be a peaceful outdoor recreation that puts you on the back of a powerful, yet simple creature. Instead of using gas or pushing pedals, you're able to give direction to something while you enjoy the open air. When it comes to horseback riding, there are many things that people need to know. One is how to leave a horse unattended.So, this video demonstrates how to tie your horse to a rail using the safe, easy, quick-release knot known as the "Bank Robber Knot." Enjoy!

How To: Do a Join Up with your horse

Horseriderchamp productions presents this video on how to do join-up with a horse. Here, in this video, the lady demonstrates this with her one year old horse 'majestic. She says that join-up is basically creating bond or relationship with your horse and there are three signals to join-up. The first signal she says is to have horse's one ear locked on you when they start to look on you and start to make small circles, and she says that once you get the signals, when you turn to speak to them ...

How To: Ride a horse if you are a beginner

Horseback riding is one of the most fun outdoor activities you can do, and is a perfect summer pasttime. If you have never ridden before, you should check out this tutorial and see if it is something you would be interested in. This video will show you step by step how to start riding for beginners. When you begin to ride, you should get an instructor to make sure you stay safe, but this video can help you get started. So, why not flip on this clip and saddle up? Happy trails to you!

How To: Train a horse to lower its head

This video teaches us the method to train a horse to lower its head. You will need a horse with lead rope tied to it. Start the training by holding the lead rope. Apply pressure on the rope in the downward direction. Hold the rope in that position by resting one of your arm on it. Keep holding the rope until the horse comes down a little. Release the pressure on the rope when the horse comes down. Apply the pressure again when the horse goes up. You can also apply the pressure at the top of t...

How To: Fit a helmet for horseback riding

Christy Lendwehr and Julie Goodnight from the Certified Horsemanship Association explain how to know when you have a fitting and correctly adjusted horse riding helmet. First and foremost, you should wear your helmet every time you ride and you should be sure that is a ASTM SEI helmet approved for equestrian riding, as they also make helmets for sports and those should not be used while riding a horse. When putting on a helmet you should be able to push it and only the wearer's eyebrows shoul...

How To: Ride a horse if you're a beginner

In this video from jumper881 we learn how to ride a horse for beginners. First mount the horse by putting your left foot into the left stirrup. Then grab onto the saddle and pull yourself up. Then hold your reigns with your pinky on the outside and your ring finger on the other one. To steer your horse, pull left reign to go left, and right reign to go right. To stop, pull back on the reigns. Not too hard though. To walk your horse, make a noise and squeeze with your heel. Keep heels down and...

How To: Use your legs while riding

This Outdoor Recreation video tutorial shows how to use your legs while riding. Rick Gore from thinklikeahorse presents this video tutorial. The way you use your legs will depend on whether you are wearing spurs or not. When you are not wearing spurs, use the bottom and top of your leg. If you want to move forward, just squeeze in both your legs. If you want to go left, give a light pressure with your right calf. Similarly, for going right apply pressure with your left calf. To move backwards...

How To: Ride a horse with some basic instruction

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to ride a horse with some basic instructions. This video is from Livestrong. The first lesson is how to create a correct back position that enhances our ability to stay balanced in a saddle. You should create a straight line from ear to shoulder to hip to heel stay right in that position. If the leg moves too far forward, you will feel you are falling back from the saddle. There should be another simple line. From the elbow to the h...

How To: Join-up with your horse

To do a join-up with your horse, first drive the horse away from you to keep it moving until it is ready to join-up. A join-up may take a very long time, especially if your horse has never done one before. Keep as square to the horse as you can. Use a lunge whip, lead rope or your hands to drive the horse away but never hit or touch the horse. The join-up method creates mutual respect and communication between the rider and the horse. The horse is ready to join up by turning its inner ear tow...

How To: Choose the right saddle and tack for hoseback riding

Have you just bought your first horse and don't know the first thing about what else you need? This video discusses the different types of saddles, bridles, girths and other things you might need to get yourself and your first horse "in the tack". This episode also discusses styles of saddles and touches on saddle fitting for more seasoned equestrians!

How To: Improve your classical seat in horseback riding

Maylyn McEwan describes how to improve your classical seat in horseback riding. She explains the following: the correct position, benefits, correcting the chair position, correcting lower leg problems, correcting upper body problems, correcting hip problems, correcting hand problems, and maintaining your good classical seat. Whether you're a novice or an experienced rider, this video is essential for improving and perfecting your classical seat. Improve your classical seat in horseback riding.

How To: Teach a horse to neck rein

Neck reining is a method of guiding your horse. In this tutorial, you will be taught exactly what a neck rein is and how to perform one. Most people think they know what a neck rein is but they are actually wrong. If you would like to know the right way to rein your horse, follow along with this video and soon you'll be horseback riding like a pro.

How To: Tie a halter knot in horseback riding

In this how-to video, you will learn how to tie a rope halter knot. This is useful if you are about to go horse riding. First, bring it through the loop and bring the knot under the neck of the horse. Push the loop up and then make another loop and bring the end back through it. The knot has to go around that loop. Pull it and make it go up and back. It will not slip because it is secured against the loop. This video shows you the easiest way to tie a rope halter knot for your horse.

How To: Assume a correct horseback riding position

This is a video from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). See more at CHA-ahse.org and CHAInstructors.com. In this video, Brent Morgan, Christy Landwehr, and a horse named Phoenix show us the correct riding position. In the basic, safe riding position, what you're looking for is a line from the ear, through the shoulder, through the seam of the jeans, down through the heel. That is the correct riding position. As riders, we have a tendency to let our feet slide forward like we're put...

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