Getting Yourself Ready to Ride!
1: Wear long pants to protect your legs from rubbing against the saddle.
It is helpful to wear long-sleeved clothing to protect against rubbing or chafing. Your pants should fit your body, rather than being loose
- Loose clothing can cause injury when riding because it may get caught in the saddle.
- Wear riding pants, if you can. These are stretchy pants without an inseam. They also have suede patches along the inner knee area to help with grip.
- Jeans are comfortable options for horseback riding.
2: Wear boots with a small heel to keep your feet in the stirrups.
Wearing shoes with heels is helpful Because you can keep your foot securely in the stirrups. You can wear riding boots, hiking boots, winterboots, and boots that come above your ankle.
- If you don’t have boots, you can use closed-toed shoeslike running shoes or sneakers.
3: Put on a riding helmet before you get on the horse.
- helmet is one of the most critical pieces of riding equipment because it protects you any time you get hit or your horse takes off. Measure the size of your head with a tape measure to find your helmet size. Most helmets have padding inside, which help the helmet fit snug around your head. Place the helmet on your head, and try a new size if it is wobbly or too tight. When you find a helmet that fits, buckle the chin strap and adjust the strap to hold the helmet in place.
- If you are taking lessons, most stables provide helmets.
- The brim of your helmet should sit about 1 inch (2.5 cm) above your eyebrows and level across your face.
- If you don’t have a riding helmet, put on a bicycle helmet. You must wear a helmet to prevent head injuries when riding.