Equestrian or horse-riding techniques
require awareness of additional elements not found in other activities.
- Experience or training of the horse.
- Location in open field or supervised ring.
- Riding English or Western
- Wearing boots, gloves and pants to foster comfort and performance.
Warm-up neck, shoulders,
wrists, hands, ankles, knees, and lower back. Once on the horse,
keep the elbows back toward the ribs. Keep the ball of the foot
on the stirrup and push the heel down. Chin up and look through
the ears of the horse.
Walk, trot, canter and gallop
are the four gates. Beginners should master stopping, walking
and trotting prior to advanced gates. Use the legs and seat
as much as possible rather than depending on the arms to steer
the direction of your ride.
Be sure to cool down
the horse before feeding, watering or returning to stable or
pasture. Many times the best way to cool down a horse is to
dismount, remove saddle and walk alongside the horse with a
lead line. If you can hire a trainer, your understanding and
development process will obviously increase dramatically.
Other CROSS-TRAINING activities: aerobics
- cycling - horse-riding
- martial arts
- powerwalk - running
- sailing - scuba-diving
- skating - strength-training
- hydra-fitness - yoga