approximately 2 years
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When he pins his ears and fusses, it is likely because he does not like the thought of working harder and he is protesting. That said, do make sure that you have his back evaluated and make sure that the saddle fits well—those factors can cause an otherwise willing horse to resist the speedier gaits.
Learning to ride a horse is one of those “It’s never too late” things. Many people don’t learnt to ride until they are well into adulthood. Often because they didn’t have access or the money to afford to until they are adults. Even if you are looking to compete, there isn’t really a “too old to learn” age.
Is Horseback Riding Difficult? … So, while just sitting on a horse may appear easy, learning to ride well is just as difficult as learning to do any other sport well. The Topendsports website lists horseback riding as the 54th most demanding sport, based on 10 components of athleticism.
The only way that you can learn how to ride, is to ride. Buy an older horse that has already been battle tested and start there. I would advise that you have an experienced rider help you pick your horse to make sure that it is appropriate for a beginner.
From the sitting trot, ask the horse to canter with your inside leg forward at the girth and the outside leg back. If you remain stable in your position, the transition should be smooth and balanced. To use your position in the downward transition, you will find that you don’t need to pull back.
If the horse canters on the wrong leg, it’s probably a pain association with the saddle. If it canters on the expected leg, but is unsettled, it may be an acceptance of the saddle issue. 4) Add the rider, and ask the rider to just sit there, centred and balanced, and cue the changes of pace from the ground.