The First Ride, Part 2

Your young horse can be mounted safely and calmly bareback. He puts up no objections to being slid all over, and when you jump up his head is not raised at all. You are ready to begin riding!

Step 1: Jump up and review all the previous lessons from The First Ride, Part 1. Make sure there are no holes in the training up until now.

Step 2: Gently pick up the reins and use just one of them in a direct rein to pull him over to one side. Do not use your legs yet, as he does not know that cue!

Step 3: Once he starts to move, remove the rein pressure. For this first ride, let it be enjoyable. Relax, look around, and let your horse go wherever he would like. If he stops, however, you can get him to go again by turning him with one rein. As you refine your signals, this one direct rein will slowly turn into an indirect rein.

Step 4: You can slowly begin to introduce leg aids with the rein you use to lead him off. Remember to always start with a gentle pressure and slowly work your way up until he responds, when you instantly remove all pressure. If you have poor timing the horse will learn very little, except maybe how to avoid the pressure, and he may become sour.

Good luck with your riding. If you have any questions, be sure to let us know!



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