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Basic Riding Skills - Horseback Riding Basics

Here are the basic skill you will need to master to horseback ride safely and effectively. Learn to saddle up, put a bridle on, mount, dismount, walk, trot or job, canter or lope and stop and steer. These skills are the basics of any discipline of horse back riding.

Learn to Jump
Learn to jump a small jump safely. You never know when you'll need to hop over a low fence or downed tree. Or perhaps you aspire to compete in cross-country or stadium jumping. Here is how to get started in jumping no matter what style of riding you enjoy.

Learn to Ride a Horse

Here's what you'll need to know as you learn to ride a horse safely. The best way to learn to ride a horse is from a competent coach or instructor. These articles will help you understand what you'll be learning once you're on a horse--whether you plan to learn to ride English or Western.

Why Learn to Horseback Ride?
Why would anyone want to learn to ride a horse? Get answers about the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of horseback riding and horse or pony ownership. Why learn to horseback ride.

Sitting Correctly in the Saddle
Here is a description of how to sit correctly in a saddle whether you ride English or Western.

Learn to Sit the Trot
Learn to sit the trot with these helpful tips from About Horses and Ponies forum members. Riders and instructors help you smooth out your sitting trot while horseback riding.

Keeping Your Heels Down
Here is why you should keep your heels down, how to keep your heels down and what to do if you are having difficulties. Heels down is one of the first things you'll hear from your coach or instructor. Here's how to keep your heels down correctly.

How To Post the Trot
Step by step instructions help you learn how to post while trotting on a horse. Posting the trot while horseback riding is made easy to understand with these directions and photos.

Diagonals Demystified FAQ
Learn why diagonals are important while horseback riding at a posting trot, how to recognize the correct diagonal and how to easily correct wrong diagonals.

Learn How to Ride on the Right Diagonal When Trotting
Learn why diagonals are important while horseback riding at a posting trot, how to recognize the correct diagonal while riding your horse and how to easily correct wrong diagonals.

How to Canter or Lope
Most of us picture ourselves cantering or loping along leafy trails or elegantly around show ring. Learn how to use your legs, hands and body while cuing and riding the lope or canter.

How to Cue Your Horse to Back Up
Learn how to ask your horse to back up or do a rein back.

How to Neck Rein Your Horse
Learn to cue your horse to turn left or right with neck reining. How to neck rein.

How to Turn Your Horse Left or Right with Direct Reining
Learn how to turn your horse or pony left or right using direct or plow reining. Learn to steer your horse holding as you hold a rein in each hand. This is the basic method of turning a horse.

Ride Your Horse and Whoa, Halt or Stop
Learn how to cue your horse to stop.

Learn How to Ride Your Horse at the Walk
Learn how to cue your horse to ride at the walk.

Learn How to Ride Bareback
Learn to ride your horse bareback. Riding without a saddle helps promote balance and feel. Learn how to ride a horse or pony bareback safely with these tips and ideas.

Learn the Importance of Leads and How to Identify the Correct Lead
Learn to identify the correct lead as a horse gallops with these easy experiments you can try at home without your horse. Understand flying changes of lead, the correct lead to use on a turn or circle.

Learn to Ride a Horse Email Course
Want to learn to ride a horse? Here is a free email course that will give you information about what you need to know when you learn to ride a horse. Learn how to lead, tie, bridle, saddle, do up a Western cinch, walk, halt, turn, trot or jog, canter or lope, and ride safely in an arena or on the trail. Understand the basics of horseback riding...

Readers' Advice for Correct Horseback Riding Position - Correct Seat …
Read advice for finding the correct horseback riding position. Learn how to find the proper position to ride horseback. Basic instructions describe the correct seat for riding in an English or Western saddle. Readers share their horseback riding advice for finding the right seat position.

How to Sit the Trot - Readers' Suggestions for Sitting the Trot
Learn to sit the trot with these helpful tips from About Horses and Ponies readers. Riders and instructors help you smooth out your sitting trot while horseback riding.

Learn to Put Your Feet in the Stirrups
Here is how to get your feet in to the stirrups, how to prevent and remedy the problem of dropping stirrups accidentally when you ride and how to improve your balance and strength with and without stirrups.

Learn to Ride Two Point
Riding two point can be handy whether your ride English or western. Learn how to master riding in two point or half seat no matter what your riding style.

Eleven Riding Habits You Don't Want
It's easy to develop bad habits that affect your ability to stay safe, cue your your and be comfortable in the saddle. Here's what to avoid as you learn to ride.

How to Hold the Reins
Learn to hold the reins properly when riding English or western.

Make Getting on a Horse Easier
Solve problems getting on a horse. Make getting on a horse easier with these simple and easy tips. How to make mounting a horse easier.

Common Beginner Horse Riding Mistakes
Learning to ride is very challenging. Beginner riders are prone to some common mistakes. Here are the top ten mistakes that new riders make and how you can avoid them.

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