Horse Riding Tips: Beginner’s Guide

Horse riding is a popular activity, and for a good reason. Riding horses is both exciting and relaxing. But what if you’re new to horseback riding? If you don’t know where to start, this blog post will provide tips for beginners just starting in the horse world!

What are the best breeds of horses for beginners to ride:

A horse is an animal, so it’s essential to have a lot of knowledge about them before you ride one. Horses are not pets in the sense that they can’t be left alone unsupervised, and they need specific care from their owners. For beginners to become good riders, they should learn how horses behave daily.

The following breeds might work well with new riders:

  • Appaloosas
  • Quarter Horses
  • Paints
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Tennessee Walking Horse or Mountain Pleasure Horse (a gaited breed)

It’s also worth mentioning that there are many different types of riding styles, but dressage may be difficult for beginners to learn independently.

 How to find a horse that is appropriate for your level:

  • Horses have temperament tests as well, which will allow you to know how they react in different situations.
  • You can also find a horse through word of mouth by talking with other riders on the same level or skill set.

How do you ride a horse when first starting out?

It all depends on your skillset and what type of experience you’re looking for – but there are some basic steps that most newbies should take before hopping up on their horse’s back.

Find an experienced rider who is willing to help you get started – someone knowledgeable about horses’ behavior patterns may be best. Pick out a breed (or breeds) from this list that matches your physical abilities and preferences.

Consider what type of riding you want to do: trail, gaited horse, western saddle:

Pick out a horse that’s appropriate for your experience level. If you’re starting, this may mean someone with the right temperament and training so that your lack of knowledge or skills won’t spook them. You’ll also need an animal who is in physical shape enough to carry a novice rider around – check their teeth if possible!

Choose some beginner gear like breeches (or riding tights), tall boots, helmets, and gloves. Ask about any health conditions such as Cushing’s disease before committing to purchase

Start taking lessons from an experienced professional on properly mounting up without hurting yourself or alarming the horse.

Learn how to tack up your horse with the saddle, bridle, and other tools you’ll need for a ride like this. Practice tacking up without stirrups until you feel comfortable enough to do so from atop the horse’s back – it can be tricky!


 If you’re starting on a trail ride, make sure that you know what is expected of both rider and animal before heading off into the woods or fields searching for adventure. An excellent first ride may look something like walking around an enclosed pasture with no particular destination.

Gaited Horse: 

Gaited horses are known as easier on inexperienced riders than regular ones because they have smoother gaits at their disposal, which cause less jarring when trotting or cantering. 

Western Saddle:

Western saddle style riding is done when the rider is seated on the horse’s back and uses a single-handled, wide leather strap called a “saddle horn” to help balance their weight.

What’s different about Western-style saddles?

 A western-style saddle has two horns (called cantle) on either side of the pommel, allowing riders to use a broader, more secure seat.

Western saddles are manufactured in many different styles and sizes for horses with varied body shapes and weights. This variety allows horse owners or trainers to select one most appropriate for their specific needs while still fitting an animal’s build.


That is why it can be hard to find someone who knows how to fit your horse correctly without trying several before finding the right match! When shopping for a new saddle, a good rule of thumb is if you don’t know what size will work best – go big! It might cost a little extra, but you will be saving money and frustration in the long run.

Tips on how to approach and touch a horse for the first time:

To handle a horse for the first time, approach it from its left side and offer your hand with one finger extended. The animal will sniff or lick the offered finger before you gently touch its muzzle.

When to switch horses: You should alternate which horse you are riding every few hours so that they can have some downtime too.

How do I know if my horse is comfortable?

Horses communicate in many ways and may be uncomfortable due to saddle fit, being hot, etc., but often there are no visible signs of discomfort – watch out for drooping eyelids!

Things you need before riding a horse :

 Put on a riding helmet and gloves before you mount your horse.

What are the different gaits?

The walk, trot, and gallop are all examples of gaits in which horses move their hind legs together with their front legs to propel themselves forward without having to stop or slow down – this is called “the gait cycle.”

How do I know if my horse needs medical attention:

Horses will often show signs that they need attention by refusing food, drinking excessively, coughing/heaving when breathing, etc., but sometimes there aren’t any visible signs. Your veterinarian can help determine whether it’s time for an exam!

Other horse care basics:

You should remove excess tack (a saddle) after each ride as sweat can cause corrosion or mold.

You should also check your horse’s feet to ensure they are clean and dry before you ride, as well-padded hooves will help reduce the likelihood of injury by absorbing some of the shocks that come from riding on hard surfaces.

5 Helpful tips from an experienced rider:

  1. Make sure to keep your horse’s hooves well-groomed.
  2. Take care of yourself to take care of your horse! Proper hydration, nutrition, and rest are vital for both you and the health of your horse.
  3. Ride with confidence: If you’re nervous or unsure about what to do while riding, it will show through on your horse’s energy level as they sense this anxiety from their rider.
  4. Be aware that there is a learning curve for all new riders, so be patient with yourself–and if possible, find an experienced rider nearby who can guide you along the way. That said, don’t compare yourself too much against other people; everyone learns at their own pace. 
  5. Respect your horse: Don’t make any sudden movements or attempt anything advanced when riding for the first time.

In Conclusion:

Many different factors go into horseback riding for beginners. A few key takeaways would be to find the right horse for your skill level and invest in proper riding gear for yourself and your horse. Lastly, don’t judge yourself or compare yourself against other riders; it takes time, patience, and good instruction to learn how to ride a horse properly. Enjoy your riding!