1) You get on the horse from the left side of the horse.
2) Place your left foot in the stirrup and push up with your right. Use the saddle horn on top of the saddle to hang on.
3) Always take the reins in your left hand fist. Do not let go of the reins the entire ride. The reins are your breaks and steering.
4) If the horse is just standing there, don't pull back hard on the reins because the horse is going to start backing up or will rear up.
5) The finer points of control of a rental horse are 1, 2, 3. Pull the reins right to go right, pull the reins left to go left, and pull the reins back to slow down or try to stop.
IF YOUR HORSE BECOMES A RUN AWAY,
HOLD ON, TRY NOT TO START YELLING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS.
HANG ON TO THOSE REINS WHAT EVER HAPPENS AND WITH A STEADY AND CONTINUOUS PRESSURE
PULL BACK AND BACK AND BACK.
NOT SO HARD THAT YOU BREAK THE REINS BUT HARD
ENOUGH THAT THE CURB STRAP UNDER THE HORSES MOUTH IS STOPPING THE HORSE.
6) To go is much more complicated. However, the best way to do this is, let the reins out a little, giving a little kick with your heals and clicking your tongue, click click click, and using the word command yeah, yeah, YEAH or loud kissy noises.
7) Don't get nervous. Keep your breathing normal.
A horse can tell the moment you put your butt in the saddle you don't know how to ride. Some of them will try to take advantage of you, others wont. Remember you are the one in control, or should be, you have the reins.
However this does not always mean the horse well not out reign you.
8) Always anticipate the movement of the horse, before hand. If a horse is beginning to turn around or stop or starts to eat the grass, stopping him from doing so is always harder after he is already doing those things. So the instant you sense your horse making a move to turn, stop or eat the grass give him a click and a little kick with your heals, and a slight turn with the reins in the opposite direction, but FOLLOW THROUGH. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOU SIGNALS.
Don't stop your signals to the horse with just one quick half hearted effort. Be confident that you really know what you expect.
These tips aren't for everyone, and they aren't necessarily the ones that work for every horse. There is a huge difference between a horse that is and has been handled by hundreds of different people, all beginners and the horse that is trained by a private individual and handled by just a few people.
Tip #109 The most frequent problems at our ranch arise from the few people that come in and say, "I am from so & so and I have been riding horses all my life. I can ride anything." The next thing we know we are hearing a siren. Don't come in with the attitude and ask "I want a fast horse that will run and run." You see, we have signs everywhere saying NO running, racing or full galloping. If you have been on a horse just a few times, say so, if you have only been on a horse once, say so, if you have really gone riding 10 or 20 times say so,, if you haven't saddled up since you were 10 years old and you're now 30 say so. If you owned your own horse but that's the only horse you have ever been on all your life, say so.
The ride is mostly a gentile ride down to the beach, 5 to 7 miles. On the beach, you get them into a nice trot or even a lope or canter, then you come back in to the ranch. It's absolutely great for beginners and intermediate riders that do not have access to a private horse somewhere. For the advanced rider, give us a chance to make sure your telling the truth. Then you can expect an advanced horse.
Kids just love it!!!
If you really want to learn to ride and get a horse that is free spirited and nearly obeys your every command, take a month.
Sign up for the $200.00 frequent rider program and try out 5 or 6 different horses. I guarantee you, you will fall in love with one of the over 120 horses we have, and if you have done the one month program and haven't been happy and thrilled let me know.
I will find out exactly why not.
At any time, if you are going to go riding and want more info e-mail me.