Horse riding is amazing for lots of reasons, not least of which is the ability to build the confidence of young riders and equip them with a great set of skills.

It can, however, be dangerous but these dangers only become an issue for a novice rider and one who is unprepared for any eventuality while out riding the trails.

There are lots of things to remember when out riding but follow these tips for a safer ride and you’ll make the most of the great outdoors with your equine friend.


Choose Your Horse Well

For the most part an experienced rider and horse will be able to work in partnership beautifully together; each understanding the other’s communication cues and responding well to each other. But for the inexperienced or novice rider, mastering the art of giving instruction can be a daunting task to begin with.

That’s why it’s essential to ride a horse suited to your skill level. Young, challenging horses will suit a firmer hand while a more mature steed with a patient personality will better suit a younger or more nervous rider. Horses used to beginners will help build confidence and teach riders the art of giving clear instruction.


Wear The Right Equipment

Without proper boots, gloves and a hat, you’re going to find yourself in danger of getting hurt. Boots help protect your toes and ankles from injury on and off the ground, while gloves will prevent any burn from pulled reins. A hat is the most essential item here though and it goes without saying that you shouldn’t even enter the horse yard unless you’re wearing this vital piece of headgear.

Don’t forget to wear clothes that you can move around comfortably in on horseback, riding jodhpurs or similar are ideal. You need to be able to manoeuvre yourself around so warm layers and looser fitting clothes will help you stay flexible and responsive to your horse’s movements.


Stay In Touch

Even if you’ve been riding for years, letting someone have a copy of your trail route before you set off is a wise idea. Take your mobile phone with you and have it fully charged in case you need to call in an emergency. Choose routes you know are safe for horses and riders and where possible avoid roads, which might spook your mount.

If you plan to be out as it’s getting dark be sure to wear fully reflective gear, both on you and the horse.

Riding instructor at Writemyx and Academic Brits Hazel Barry says: “You really should plan ahead when you go out for a long ride. If possible always ride with a friend but if you can’t then always let friends and family know what time you plan on being home.”

Stay In Control

If you’re a nervous rider your horse will sense your uncertainty and may respond negatively to your commands. Learn to ride with authority and in full control of your animal. The best way to achieve this is with tuition but also by taking part in group rides and learning from other, more experienced riders.

In these group rides the speed should be dictated by the person who has the least experience.

Learn To Fall Safely

This will make the real thing far less of a shock if and when it happens. Learn how to fall in such a way that you roll on landing, lessening the impact and the possibility of being trampled under hoof.

James Purnell, a riding coach at 1day2write says: “Falling off for the first time can be a scary experience and leave you a little shocked. There are techniques you can use to make this less painful. Consider too using safety stirrups to avoid being dragged by a horse should you fall off.”


With just a few tips and a little bit of practice learning to ride and how to stay safe can be a great experience filled with fun and a sense of achievement. Beginners and experienced riders alike should pay attention to the basics of staying safe and head out on the trails knowing they’ve prepared well for any eventuality.


A professional trainer and writer at Origin writings and Australia 2 write , Joel Syder loved to see people reach their potential in the world of Human Resources. He also writes fascinating articles for Brit Student.


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