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There is an old saying that states, ‘There is something is about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man’. It is true to say that horse riding is a very special pursuit. In no other sport is there a connection between beast and man where they cooperate to work as a one.
It is for this reason that horse riding is such a satisfying endeavour. As you continue, you improve your horse and he in turn continues to improve you. This is why learning to ride can be such an enjoyable experience. Within one lesson you can learn so much but at the same time you can spend your whole life dedicated to riding horses and still learn something new each time.
The most important thing you can do when learning to ride is to find the right school and instructor for you. This could be as part of a group lesson in a large arena, or perhaps something smaller and more rustic with more one-to-one attention would suit you better.
Another thing to bear in mind is to try and wear the correct clothing, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to rush out and buy everything. All riding schools will provide you with the correct helmet and you should just try and wear trousers that won’t bunch, twist or wrinkle along the inside of your legs. Your boots don’t have to be riding boots as long as there is about a 1- to 1.5-inch heel and low tread on them.