There are several common mistakes that new riders make when first learning to ride horseback. Here are the top ten beginner horse riding mistakes and how to fix them.
1-Looking at the Horse.
Beginner riders are often infatuated with their horse and want to look at it, or they’re nervous and want to keep an eye on it. Looking down means you can’t see where you are going, your head is down and neck is bent, which stiffens your spine. Any stiffness in your body makes it more difficult for your horse to carry you.
The Fix: You might have heard that you should look between your horse’s ears. This is only partially true. You really need to look where you are going. When turning, look at your destination, before cueing for the turn. This puts you in better balance, with your chin up, and your eyes forward.