Horseback Riding Tips for Beginners

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Horseback riding is an exciting activity that has many health benefits. Not only is it a great way to get physical exercise but it also can improve the rider’s mental state. When riding a horse your brain releases serotonin- a hormone that enhances your mood by creating feelings of joy and relaxation.

If you are planning horseback riding adventure, here are a few tips to help create a fun and easy experience:

Dress Properly

Horseback riding is a sport that requires the proper equipment to ensure the safety of the rider and the horse. When horseback riding the rider should be wearing closes-toed shoes. Most experienced equestrians wear long boots with a low heel. The rider should also be wearing long pants which can be tucked into the riding boots. Other accessories can be added, like riding gloves, an equestrian helmet, and spurs which can be helpful, but are not necessary.

Preparing to Ride

Before you mount your horse, it is best to warm-up to engage your muscles and release any tension. Start by doing simple stretches to loosen your hamstrings and quads. Check out these easy stretches here.

Mounting the Horse

Take the time to properly greet your horse before mounting. As a living creature, they respond to the way they are treated so it is important to approach your horse calmly as to make them feel comfortable. A great way to earn your horse’s trust before mounting is to do the “horseman’s handshake”. To do this, simply approach the horse with your arm outstretched at a slightly downward angle. Your arm mimics a horse’s neck and shows that you are in submission. This lets the horse know that you are not a threat to them.

Mount Confidently 

Once you have gained the horse’s trust it is time to ride! The horse can sense your emotions so be sure to look and feel confident.

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Begin on the left side of the horse. Hold both of the reins and place your left foot into the stirrup. Push yourself upward by engaging your core muscles and swing your right leg over to the other side of the horse in one smooth motion.

 Horseback riding is an old tradition in Ruidoso, New Mexico and has become a part of the history of this mountain town.

If you are planning a trip to Ruidoso, check out some of these prime destinations for horseback riding:

Grindstone Stables– This ranch is one of the oldest stables in Ruidoso. With amazing scenery, and the chance to see beautiful wildlife like Bald Eagles, this is a premier destination for horseback riding in New Mexico.

Runnels Bonito Stables- This family-owned ranch offers one-hour guided horseback rides throughout the mountains. This ride comes along with knowledgeable guides to help along the way and explain the history of the surroundings. If you are looking to connect with nature and have a truly authentic experience, this is the perfect ranch for you!

Inn Mountain of The Gods– Here you will find a host of activities available, one of which is horseback riding along the resort, which provides a beautiful view of the lake. To book a horseback riding experience, riders are required to have a reservation, so it is best to book in advance.

If you are looking to explore Ruidoso, New Mexico, a horseback ride while taking in the sights of this mountain village is a great place to start.

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