By MH Staff - Posted on 19th February 2014
Hop into the saddle and stay there. This is how you ride a horse.
1 Don't Horse Around
Greet your steed the wrong way and it could lash out. If you're allowed to pick your horse, go with a larger one – big horses tend to be friendlier. Step toward it from the side so it can see you, and pet it while talking quietly to form a bond. Then hop on from the left – that's the side it was trained to be mounted from.
2 Speak Equine
Trainers teach horses to respond to certain stimuli. To start the horse walking, squeeze your ankles together and make kissing noises. To stop, pull back on the reins with a "whoa." To turn, pull the reins in the direction you want to go, holding them about a foot away from your body. Be firm to earn respect.
3 Avoid Saddle Ass
To prevent the throbbing pain radiating from your groin after a ride, do what the pros call " posting." Instead of allowing the trotting motion to toss you up and down, stand in the stirrups slightly, bending your knees to act as shock absorbers as the horse increases its speed or steps over uneven ground.