I have always wanted to learn how to horse back ride, and my dads friend has some horses and a huge forest and fields. He said I can go trail riding this summer, but I didn't want to just jump on a horse that I have no idea how to ride. So, my friend is going to teach me to ride on her horse. I am not afraid of horses, I love them, but I am terrified that I am going to be no good at it. I have only been on a horse once, and that was when I was 5 years old, and my cousin held the reins and just walked around the ring, so all I had to do was sit there.
Any advice from anyone who rides?
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If your friend knows anything about horses, she'll put you on her most beginner-friendly ride. So there won't be much to it. :) Just stay calm and let your friend train you. I started riding lessons when I was about 7, so if kids can do it, you surely can!
You'll learn all about the "controls" of the horse. I don't know whether she rides English or Western, so I couldn't tell you. Essentially though, pulling the reins back towards you will slow or stop the horse, and any pressure from your legs will tell the horse to go (or go faster). Most importantly, be sure to keep your heels down in the stirrups (with your toes pointed up at the sky) because that's what's gonna keep your balance.