How to Get the Most Out of Your Riding Lessons

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When buying a horse or looking at browse horses for sale it will be important to set up some riding lessons with your trainer to help you get accustomed to your new horse. But how do you maximize your lessons when you can only ride with your trainer once or twice a week? There are a number of things that you can do to make the most of your riding lessons.

Pay Attention

During your riding lessons, stay focused on what your trainer is telling you. Try to visualize everything that he or she is saying. As you make adjustments, focus on what things feel like – how does your horse feel beneath you, how does your body and position feel? Try your best to memorize how everything feels when your trainer is pleased with your riding so that you can replicate that when you ride on your own

Ask Questions

If you don’t understand something that your trainer is saying, ask them to clarify it. Don’t be ashamed to speak up. Asking for clarification can help avoid future confusion, and you may find that you learn additional information during the process. Always make sure that you understand exactly what your trainer is asking to do, and more importantly, why they are asking you to do it. Understanding WHY helps us to develop our horsemanship.

Record Your Lessons

If possible, have a friend watch your riding lessons and record them on video. If a video recording isn’t possible, as your friend to take photographs of you riding. You can later review the photographs and video to see the exact position changes and movements that your trainer is focusing on.

This can also be beneficial when trying out horses for sale. If you ever have a lesson on a horse for sale, try to have it videotaped so that you can review it yourself later on.

Keep a Journal

Keeping a riding journal or chart can help you to chronicle your lessons and goals throughout your riding career. After your lesson, write down what happened. What did your trainer focus on, what went well, what needs to be improved, and what changes did your trainer ask you to make? Write with as much detail as possible, and include any visualizations or other techniques that your trainer gave you.

As you progress you can continue to revisit old entries in the journal or chart, refreshing the prior lessons that you may have begun to forget. Having a journal can also remind you of just how far you have come as a rider.

Ride with a Plan

Each time you go out to ride your horse, have a plan of what you want to work on and develop. Remember that plans can change quickly with horses, but having a basic idea in mind of the focus of your ride will make it more productive.

Riding lessons are wonderful and can help us become better riders. Putting some of these techniques to work can help you to make the most out of your riding lessons. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses

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