It’s important you have a good foundation as a western rider. You should always strive to improve and become the best you can be for yourself and your horse. Over the years, you’ll probably receive some good advice. Make sure to listen, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!
Western Riding Tips
- Take time to develop a good riding position. No slouching shoulders, please! The shoulder, hip, heel alignment is gold.
- Choose a horse that matches your ability. The saying ‘green on green makes black and blue’ is true.
- Less hand, more leg! Learn to ride from your seat and legs, rather than controlling your horse with the reins.
- Keep those eyes up while riding. You’ll also want to look where you’re going.
- Take some deep breathes. Your horse can feel your anxiety, so leave stress and nerves behind.
- Learn the lingo of cowboys and cowgirls. The western world has its own vocabulary.
- If you fall, get back up on. This time around have a plan. Know why you fell and how you’re going to fix it.
- Show your horse some appreciation. They aren’t machines.
- Dabble in different disciplines to keep it exciting. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
- Take some lessons. No matter how experienced you are… there’s always something you can learn from someone else.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a western rider?