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Old 01-22-2009, 04:41 PM
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Never ride alone. No matter how good a rider you are anything can happen and you never want to be alone in an emergency.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:12 PM
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Always wear a helmet when you're riding. If you were to fall the helmet could save your life. If you feel it is necessary, additional padded gear can be worn for added protection during a fall.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:13 PM
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Never tack up before checking all the tack for signs of wear or breakage. Also make sure that once you have placed the tack on your horse that it fits properly. Make sure there is nothing that will rub or irritate the horse while you're riding. Finally, make sure that the saddle is fitted properly as many horses like to hold their breath while being saddled - making the saddle fit looser than it should.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:13 PM
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It's best to wear long pants such as breeches (English riding) or jeans (Western riding) while riding. If you wear short pants your legs will be rubbed raw by the leather of the saddle. Long pants also keep your legs safe from bushes and branches you might be riding by that could scratch you. Long sleeved shirts will protect your arms from the same thing.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:14 PM
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If you have never gone riding before, take a riding lesson from a good instructor. If you don't, you will not learn the correct leg positioning or seat, both of which, if done incorrectly, will lead to an uncomfortable riding experience.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:14 PM
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Always keep your heels down and toes pointed up in the stirrups! Also, keep your head and shoulders up, and sit with your back straight.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:15 PM
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Not only should you learn how to ride, but you must learn what needs to be done for the horse both before and after the ride. There are many things that need to be done - such as brushing, washing, cooling down - before you can walk away after your ride.
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Learn as much as you can about horses before getting on one. There are lots of great magazines, books, and Internet sites that are very helpful for learning about general care and the different breeds.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:16 PM
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When trail riding, make sure that you have everything you will need for your time on the trail. Don't forget your trail map, bottled water, and basic first-aid supplies. While on the trail, respect the area where you are riding by not littering, and by closing any gates you travel through.
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Always mount a horse from the horses left side. If you are not able to mount on your own, find someone who can help give you a leg up onto the horse.
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:48 PM
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You should always ride with a pair of boots, or at the very least a pair of tennis shoes. Never, ever wear open toes shoes when riding or around horses. It hurts when a horse steps on your foot while wearing a pair of boots, you will have broken bones if you have flip-flops on. It is best to purchase a pair of well fitted boots with a 1 inch heel if you are planning on riding frequently.
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