The Riding Puzzle

April 03, 2019

The Riding Puzzle

Puzzles are challenging and a lot of fun.  So is riding!

Riding is like putting a 1000 piece puzzle together.  You must connect the pieces for the picture to become clear.

The three basic puzzle pieces of horseback riding are:   Ride, Guide and Stride.

*Ride – encompasses the saddle.

What you need depends on what kind of riding you are doing.  If you are a beginner and don’t know yet, that is simple too, get a basic saddle.  Our Lite All Around is perfect for a rider that wants to be versatile. It is light weight and can be thrown on the horse easily.  The seat keeps you secure and balanced in just the right place. 

*Guide – entails using a bit, bridle and reins.

          Every horse and every rider is different.  What you need depends on your horse and what you are going to be doing. Again, if you are a beginner, start with a basic bit that gives you control to stop and turn.  A harness leather headstall with a browband and throat latch is practical and safe.  Use split reins to start out with.  The more you ride the more you figure out exactly what you need. 

*Stride – involves legs.

          Protect your investment; without good feet and legs, you aren’t going far.  A hoof pick is essential.  Clean out your horses feet before each ride, no matter what you are going to do.  Protective leg gear is important.   Professionals Choice is branded exact…professional trainers have developed products based on what they have learned from their experiences.   Their expertise and hours in the saddle saves you a lot of trial and error time. 

The best way to figure out the puzzle pieces of riding, is by riding!  The realm of your experience expands every time you throw a leg over your horse!  That's the fun part; enjoy the ride!  Bask in the pure joy of mastering the challenge.  Do it over and over and over.  No other activity that I know of, provides so much pleasure in the process of learning.  



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