Tips for Good Horsemanship

• Mount correctly from the left side. Make the horse stand still until you areproperly seated in the saddle.
• Ride with your heels down, your toes turned out sightly, your head andchest lifted. Your shoulders should be square, your elbows close to yourbody, and your ankles, shoulders, arms, and wrists flexed
.• Avoid such habits as clacking to the horse or slapping him with the endsof the reins.
• Warm up the horse slowly. Walk him the first half mile, and then jog himslowly for another quarter mile.
• Hold the horse to a walk when traveling over paved streets or roads
.• Keep to the right side of the road, except when passing, and give rightof-way courteously.
• Never rush past riders who are proceeding at a slower gait. This startlesboth horses and riders and frequently causes accidents. Instead, approach slowly and pass cautiously on the left.
• Keep the horse under control at all times. Galloping a willing horse notonly is poor horsemanship but also shows ignorance on the part of therider.
• Keep the proper tension on the reins; avoid either tight or dangling reins
• Slow the horse down when making a short turn