1) Prioritize safety – Safety should be the first concern for beginners. In order to be safe, a rider must:
a) wear the proper attire
b) acquire some basic riding expertise
c) learn fundamental skills for handling the horse on the ground
Take the time to research the above points before taking riding lessons. There are a lot of related articles, ebooks and videos which you can find online free-of-charge.
2) Search for a good mentor – A good mentor understands the strengths, weaknesses and even fears of his students. As well as attending to your concerns and questions, he will also be able to guide you towards becoming a successful rider even in your first year.
3) Prepare your body – Horseback riding is a very physical activity. You must be able to move harmoniously with your horse without losing total control over him. Engage in exercises that strengthen your whole body and that help you achieve a sense of balance.
4) Keep practicing – Practice makes perfect. Read books and watch videos. Put your learning into practice on a regular basis. Be open to feedback from your mentor and other professional riders.
5) Listen to your horse – It is important to understand your horse’s routines, ways of communication and overall state of mind. A horse that is in good condition is always calm, responsive and able to be ridden. This can be achieved with the right care and the techniques and tools which you can learn about in any equine supplies guide for first-time horse owners. If you want a visual guide to help you choose the equine supplies you will need, check out this detailed infographic from Horseland.