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Horseback Riding Safety Tips


Have you ever seen people ride horses in movies and want to try it yourself? They make it look so easy; just climb on and go. The truth is that horseback riding can be dangerous, even for the most talented of riders. When you consider how big they are and how fast they can run, it's not hard to see how someone could have a serious or fatal injury from a horseback riding accident. How can we prevent such accidents from happening? Here are a few ideas.
  • Get proper training. The best way to learn to ride is with a competent instructor. Learn how to 'read' your horse so you can tell if something is bothering her and how to deal with it.
  • Ride in a group. This way, someone will be there to help if you have an accident. Also, keep your cell with you and let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Also, don't ride away from or ahead of the group, and adjust speed to accommodate the least-experienced rider in your group.
  • Be realistic. Know your ability level and stick to it. I know it can be fun to try to impress that cute guy in your group or show your teacher how good you are, but don't. Don't try to do tricks or other things beyond your (and your horse's) ability level. Remember, the riders in the movies are professionals; don't try their tricks at home!
  • Always wear the proper headgear. Even if you aren't doing anything major like racing or steeplechase, you can still fall off of a horse and hurt yourself. Sure, helmets aren't the most attractive headgear you've ever seen, but it's better to be less fashionable than less safe. Also, horseback riding helmets are completely different from the ones you use with a bike or motorcycle.
  • Use the proper equipment. On the same tip as above, be sure to wear long pants and gloves. You should wear boots with heels, with the stirrups adjusted to fit them. Otherwise, you could get your foot caught and be dragged by your horse if you fall. Make sure your saddle, ropes, etc are in good repair. Your instructor will be able to give you more information about the proper equipment.
  • Remember that horses are animals, not machines. Unlike your motorcycle, horses have personalities and aren't always predictable. Even a well-trained horse can get spooked or bothered by things around her. Some instructors will even tie a red ribbon around the tail of a horse that is known to kick so special care can be taken with them. Make sure you have control of your horse at all times.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. This one seems pretty obvious, but it's always worth saying again.
Horseback riding can be a lot of fun and a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. Just make sure you follow the proper safety protocol to make sure nothing bad happens. Have a good time!

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