Bigginner rider needs help with riding - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By BearPony
  • 6 Post By Saskia
  • 1 Post By Overread
  • 1 Post By Avna
  • 1 Post By anndankev
  • 1 Post By Joel Reiter
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 6
• Horses: 0
Bigginner rider needs help with riding

I'm a bigginner I havnt learned balance or anything yet I need to get more experienced if im going to do barrel racing I'm getting a horse for Christmas I had a horse before named Romeo he passed away because he was old and had bad arthritis I have no trainers or anywhere to get lessons here were I live or anywere close so I need some help can u tell me how to trot canter etc thanks
rodeoqueen2003 is offline  
post #2 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 04:25 AM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 373
• Horses: 0
What kind of riding experience did you have with Romeo?

And what are your specific questions about trotting and cantering?

Posters here can be more helpful if you provide more information.

Even if you can't find formal lessons near where you live, as a beginner it would be best if you could find a more experienced horse person to help you with learning the basics in person.
JCnGrace likes this.
BearPony is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 07:55 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Posts: 4,863
• Horses: 1
Find the most experienced and somewhat personable rider you know and offer them 30 bucks to come and give you a hand.
Saskia is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 6
• Horses: 0
I have a friend that has been riding for a long time she is very experienced
rodeoqueen2003 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 05:10 PM
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: England - UK
Posts: 439
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by rodeoqueen2003 View Post
I'm a bigginner I havnt learned balance or anything yet I need to get more experienced if im going to do barrel racing I'm getting a horse for Christmas I had a horse before named Romeo he passed away because he was old and had bad arthritis I have no trainers or anywhere to get lessons here were I live or anywere close so I need some help can u tell me how to trot canter etc thanks
Your post suggests that you're not quite sure what you want to learn yet; or that you're sure in a general sense but are unsure how to break that general concept (ergo riding) into stages and steps to learn.

What you ask here you won't get online. The internet is a fantastic resource to learn from and interact with, but you won't get a full start to finish course in anything online (unless you pay for it). What the internet excels in is post-event feedback and nicheskill building.

If you have photos or ideally video of you riding then you can show them to get good feedback; if you learn how to describe well what is happening it can also act as another way to describe how you're riding and seek advice from others how to improve. Video tends to work better since it shows (if clear) everything whilst if you describe you might miss out or even not notice some things that you do - bad habits are easy to learn and hard to unlearn.

You can also read articles and ask opinions on select areas of skill building; you'll get a lot of info so sometimes you have to learn a bit before coming online otherwise you can end up in a sea of so many opinions and no way to put each opinionated skill together into a complete set of skills to achieve you end goal (again the net is good at bits of skill - less good at all overall content).

Also I would say that, as someone who has self-learned some skills and who is (very very very very entry level) doing a little horse driving/handeling that when it comes to a hands-on-skill you are best to learn it from another person in the real world. Yes you can learn it from books; yes you can back that up with the internet; but in reality in-person will take you further a LOT faster.
Again its about those things that we don't realise we do; those things that might be small mistakes that all add together into a big mistake that a good teacher can spot and correct before it becomes a habit hard to break.

I would learn as much as you can from your friend; if they are experienced in teaching all the better; if not then make very sure you ask a LOT of questions. Ask "Why" to things; ask even if just to confirm what they've said. Someone not used to teaching will not always be used to explaining things through from a basic point - so asking why you do certain things can help prompt them to build up a more complete picture from the ground up of the skill they are teaching you.

The last part of your post also suggests that it might help if you read some books on how to ride and then use that to build a structure for your learning so that you can focus on specific skills. Your opening sentence says you don't know how to balance or sit correctly and your latter asks how to trot - common sense would say that you're not ready to learn the latter so much if you've not yet learned the first. So you need to put structure to your learning - even more so if you're doing it mostly on your own. That way you can learn each phase in-depth - practice at it well before moving on. It also helps search and ask questions as it gives you a focus around which to base your discussions and searches online.

As a final tip remember that if you're searching for advice online you:
1) Often need to know part of the answer before you search to be able to sift through the results to pick out the correct ones - or at the very least the opinions that will work well with your line and approach to learning the skill.

2) Need to know that it exists to search about it; again this is a pitfall of self-learning that many times little things are often left unmentioned in articles or books (books tend to be a little better at including a more complete picture - at least good ones are); it is assumed understanding and it can mean that if you don't know about it you won't search for it and thus you'll likely never come across it - this can harm your learning in the long run as it can leave key gaps which might make it a lot harder to learn more advanced skills.
Eole likes this.
Overread is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 09-27-2015, 12:21 PM
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Posts: 6,461
• Horses: 3
Just speaking for myself I find that it is much easier to find and digest information (reading books, searching the web, magazines) than it is to learn a skill, even so basic a skill as bridling a horse, without a real person there to guide me.
BearPony likes this.
Avna is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 09-29-2015, 09:34 PM
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Florida
Posts: 69
• Horses: 1
Well, if your not good with balance you should probably work on that while riding your horse in a roundpen if you can. There are plenty of exercises to do while you walk/trot around the pen. (i.e. hold your arms out,)

Blue Eyed Gringo
Julia and Gringo is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 09-30-2015, 01:27 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 4,838
• Horses: 12
I've heard that using one of those big yoga balls as a chair at your desk is a great way to practice balance (while you do your homework (or watch TV)).

Never tried it myself hahaha. If you have one the right size apparently you can straddle it like you are on horseback, align your shoulders, hip, heel, get your balance and lift your feet off the ground. When you can do that, then progress to bouncing a little to emulate walk-trot-canter (and of course eating dirt, too). :)

Good Luck,

I do; however, have a wooden stool that I frequently set saddles on in the house. Sometimes I sit in the saddles on the stool (where I would not trust a folding saddle stand to hold me, stools are built to hold adult weights).

I don't know how many times over the years someone has told that I'm going to fall off that stool. I tell them if I can ride a horse I ought to be able to ride that stool.
Joel Reiter likes this.

anndankev is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 10-05-2015, 04:13 PM
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cambridge, MN
Posts: 933
• Horses: 2
The most critical foundation of staying on a horse is balance, and balance depends on building a lightning-speed feedback loop between your brain and your bottom. No instructor in the world can do that for you. Sitting on a ball might help. Maybe get someone to lead your horse while you ride bareback, or stay in the round pen if you have access to one, and when you're ready do a lot of trotting, particularly with some kind of pattern with a lot of turns.
dlady likes this.
Joel Reiter is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Riding in College/Becoming a better rider 4HGirl Horse Riding & Horse Activity 4 04-10-2015 02:16 PM
Riding Confidence Issues? (Novice Rider) JulyCharm Horse Riding & Horse Activity 9 06-03-2013 09:41 PM
Trail Rider looking for riding buddies sallytrailrider90 Trail Riding 0 09-15-2012 08:09 PM
Riding with scoliosis? Train the rider! MacabreMikolaj Horse Training 17 02-27-2011 01:24 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome