Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and I've come to look for answers and pick your brains.....if that's okay lol!
I am new to horse riding as I was learning to ride 13 years ago and things changed and took a turn in my life. When I was on holiday in my youth of around 7-9 years old I used to go on guided pony hacks which was fun.
Okay I am a male rider, 34 years old and I'm two metres tall (6ft 6" ).
I have had my fifth lesson today and my main area I'm addressing is core stability and the rising trot. Are there any tall riders on this forum who can share information for a learner rider and how to gently progress please?
Hi! Yes, feel free to ask away.
It's great that you have started horseback riding. One of my biggest pieces of advice I can give you is not to get discouraged. It is too easy to do this, and you have to just realize that when you keep up with it and practice and truly commit yourself, you can expect great results and your skill to truly increase.
I am a taller rider as well. I'm not quite as tall as you, but still tall! One of the pieces of advice that I have read is to feel in the center of gravity with the horse. I remember hearing that you should not fall behind the motion by leaning far back or ahead of the motion by leaning forward. You also should not rely on the reins for all of your control.
Posting was difficult to master, and I'm sure if you are having trouble with it, it's not something that is unique to you... it's just hardddd! As you have probably heard, horseback riding is quite demanding to various muscles. I mean, you engage everything from what seems to your legs, to back, to abs, to hands... I don't know if it is a full-body workout or not because I'm not a fitness guru, but it sure as heck seems like it.
If you are able to maintain fitness outside of riding, doing squats or cross-training through methods like pilates or bicycling, I'm sure that would benefit you in the long run. I enjoy training outside of horseback riding to help me increase my fitness in the saddle... and just all around as well.
Keep those heels down and remember to stay relaxed. You don't want to be relaxed in the way that you slouch your back or something, but you really don't want to be tense. Even when you are walking, it is good to move your hips with the horse and really get the feel for the horse's rhythm. This is a great thing to learn, and is extremely helpful especially at the trot and canter. You can adjust speed with your hip movement, whether you want to drive the horse forward or reduce the speed you are at.
**A lot of this advice is not original, but from other sources/people. :)