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Training Tip: Gain Experience By Riding a Variety of Horses

If you have a desire to be a great horseman, I encourage you to ride not only as many horses as you can, but a variety of horses. The more horses you ride, the more practice you get in the saddle. However, if you don’t ride a variety of horses, you run the risk of fooling yourself into thinking your horsemanship skills are well-rounded. No two horses have the same personality, move the same or react the same; each horse tests a rider’s skills in different ways.

With that being said, it’s important that you work your way up to riding a variety of horses. When you first learn to ride, it’s important to start with a well-trained horse. This horse allows you to learn and builds your confidence. As your skills increase, you can start working with more challenging horses. That doesn’t mean you go from the old broke ranch gelding to starting a 2-year-old. You have to gradually work with more challenging horses without over-mounting yourself.

I tell people to look at it as a transaction of confidence. Your first horse is supposed to give you confidence on how to ride. He should know his job well and be patient as you’re learning. When you outgrow his ability and talent, you can upgrade to a slightly better horse – one that is a little younger and has more athletic ability. As you increase the challenge, your feel and timing will get better as will your seat. Riding a variety of horses will help you develop a truly independent seat and take your riding to the next level.

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