Your First Lesson
The day has arrived for your first lesson. Be prepared to listen to what you are taught and don’t rush; take everything one step at a time. The horses will do their best to accommodate you and forgive your mistakes. Remember that you are taking up riding for fun, so relax and enjoy yourself.
For your first lesson, your horse may be brought to the arena for you, but if you tell the staff at the riding school that you are keen to get to know your horse better, they should take the time to show you how to approach your horse and lead him yourself. Horses that are used for novice riders are good-natured and quiet, so you will enjoy handling your mount as well as riding him.
During your first lesson you may spend a lot of time talking about your riding position and feeling the movement of your horse. You will probably be led around an indoor or outdoor arena on a lead rein and may stay in walk throughout. However, you may also be given the opportunity to get the feel for trot.
Don't be afraid to ask your instructor questions or let them know if you are experiencing any problems.
As time goes on and you continue to learn, you may ride a variety of horses. One thing you will soon learn is that horses differ in their temperament and rhythm, and you will soon find your favourites. Learning to ride correctly is a long and sometimes bumpy road but the rewards are fantastic!
Find a place to ride
We can help you find somewhere to learn to ride, improve your skills, learn a new discipline or simply enjoy riding out. Find a BHS Approved Centre near you.
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