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Stay Balanced and Maintain Steady Hands

In Horse Riding Lessons, beginners usually face several problems when horse riding. Most of the time, they elicit horse behaviour that is not favorable or pleasant. Certain behaviors of the horse can be aggravating to the beginner rider and most of the time the rider has no clear idea why the horse is acting strange. Strange behaviors  such as tossing of the head upside down or locking of the muscles of the neck or jaw are only few signs of horse discomfort. When this happens during training, we can say that the rider is not properly communicating to the horse. In this situation, it will be almost impossible to make the horse follow the direction and guidance of the rider and unless he is totally comfortable with the rider he will continue to resist.Riding

The rider needs to listen to the horse and identify the reason for this behavior. In general, it is usually the rider’s unsteady hands that cause discomfort and aggravation on the horse. Through practice, a rider can eventually learn how to achieve steady hands that will make the horse comfortable. Physical discomfort and pain caused by a lot of other factors such as dental pain for example or back pain along with other physical troubles are sometimes the culprit for odd horse behavior but again, in many cases it is the riders lack of ability to keep his hands steady that causes these problems on the horse.

Achieve Balance in Horse Riding

The rider uses his hands to achieve balance in horse riding therefore it is very important to keep it in control. You lose control of your hands means that you also lose control of your horse movements. Proper positioning is of primary importance. The rider needs to position his legs with a little opening on his hips to allow for slight movements and following of the motions of the horse. Once proper positioning along with balance and ability to easily follow the movements of the horse are achieved, it will be easier to achieve steady hands.

What do you we mean exactly by steady hands? Having steady hands don’t mean that your hands are locked or unable to move. On the contrary, steady hands means that you have full control of your hands in that you are able to easily follow the movements of your horse’s head through the opening and closing of your elbow joints without any difficulty. The thing about horse riding is the beginner riders is that they are full of tension as they have not mastered the art of horse riding yet. More often they have a tendency to tighten up their elbow joints and as a result they are unable to follow the movements of the horse and riding becomes a total difficulty or impossibility. If only they learn to let go of their tensions and allow their elbow joints to open and close freely, it would be so much easier for them to take control of the riding situation.

It is also important to keep in mind that the opening and closing movement of the elbow joint must go together with the opening and closing of the hips in order to stay balanced and to keep the hands steady and under control. There are also instances when the tension isn’t really in the elbow but in other parts of the body such as the wrist or fingers or perhaps on the hips itself. Any tension in these areas will certainly affect a rider’s ability to achieve steady hands and to follow the movements of the horse easily. So a horse trainer needs to identify these tensions in a student or beginner rider’s body so that this can be eliminated or corrected through several exercises.

The Horse Receives Communication from its Rider

In Horse Riding Lessons, the horse receives communication from its rider through the varying pressures it can perceive and feel from the rider. If this pressure is applied incorrectly, the horse will respond with aggravation and resistance and he will not follow the directions of his rider. A hassle free riding experience therefore becomes impossible in this scenario. However, if the rider is able to master the art of keeping his hands steady and under control, the horse will feel relaxed and comfortable and he will be attentive enough to follow the guidance and direction where the rider wants him to go.

If we come to think of Horse Riding Lessons, it is not surprising for beginners to feel tension and fear when riding horses. It is difficult to completely eliminate this in the beginning. But, with constant practice and proper application of the tips and hints given by the riding instructor, the rider can eventually learn the art of staying balanced and in control while riding horses.

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