Making mistakes is not a bad thing, especially when learning. After all, errors are part of our life. Hence, it’s quite natural to do a thing or two wrong, when learning how to ride a horse. However, there are common mistakes that cause more pain than gain to horse student riders, and they should be avoided at all cost. Here are some of them.
Lack of Goal Setting
As they say, you cannot do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. This holds true with horse riding. Goals help you to track your progress. When setting your riding goals, it is crucial to break them down, to ensure they are achievable and realistic, for you and the horse. Remember, you and the horse are one; hence, your goals should take into account the needs of both of you. Be sure to set both long-term and short-term goals. Plan your route before you set out, and count each riding experience as progress. Your riding experience can even be better if you use a mapping app. In this digital age, almost every industry strives to use the latest technology, including apps (think livi medical app, for instance), to make things better. So, don’t hesitate using a mapping app to determine your direction, as a rider.
Taking Ego into the Ring
To be a great rider, you must learn to be humble. Unfortunately, most riders fail terribly when their humility is brought to test. Now, whether you’re riding at a show, on trails, or in a lesson, you will need to pack your ego somewhere, finish the business, and then pick it up again; if you must, that is. Climbing on horseback with a positive attitude is one way of appreciating your horse and instructor; they deserve this at the very least.
If you feel you’re experiencing a setback, just do what you can during that particular ride, and allow your horse a befitting rest. There is always another day, and if you approach things with humility, you may be surprised with your progress.
Paying Attention to Everyone
Listening to everyone is just another extreme. If you have done this previously, you probably understand how quickly one can get overwhelmed, especially when getting started in horseback riding. As a learner, you will obviously hear different recommendations and methods from different people. What should you do when you find yourself in such a situation? Simple; ignore other people and stick to what your mentor or instructor tells you. It is advisable to adopt one system or method at a time. If it doesn’t work, (and that rarely happens), try out another one.
Riding the Wrong Horse
Different horses possess different personalities, and it can be more challenging to ride one than another. That’s why it is important to, first of all, assess your skill level, before attempting the adventure. If you’re a beginner, you will need a more trained horse. Younger, or less trained horses, can be an option if you’re riding under the eagle eye of a professional or instructor.