Use your legs at the same time to encourage the horse forwards. Placing the right leg slightly back whilst turning will encourage the horse to turn in a gentle bend rather than just to “spin” round. This is particularly important when riding a circle as this helps to keep the horse’s body bent around the circle.
Lean forward once you are in a canter, with your body slightly raised from the saddle. Use the pressure of your legs to make the horse go faster at a steady rate. Use your knees to support you as you ride. Don’t balance yourself by pulling the reins and don’t be tempted to go too fast.
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 best way to learn to ride is to take lessons from a competent trainer on a school horse who knows his or her job. School horses are the unsung heroes of equestrian sports. … They will teach you how to ride and how horses think and behave. Don’t scrimp on riding lessons.
Your knee should be turned in to rest against the knee roll, but it should not grip. Your knee should be bent to allow your lower leg to hang at an angle by the horse’s side. Don’t try to ride with your knee straight in order to achieve a long, ‘dressage’ leg position.