Tips to look like an expert in saddle (part 1)

Mount with confidence

If you are not confident, the horse can sense it and become uneasy too. If you join a ranch vacation, you’ll find that the horses are commonly trained to allow people mount on the left side while your guide hold your horse’s head. But if that’s not the case, ask someone to hell so the horse doesn’t move while you get on him.
First, lifting your left foot into the stirrup, holding both of the reins with your left hand and lifting yourself up with your right leg to mount as smoothly as possible on the horde. Don’t push the horse down as this could hurt him; you can place your hands on his back but just for balancing.

Sit up straight and relaxed

Maybe you think that you can ride as fast as possible like the professional on TV but keep in mind that you’re beginner so the best position to keep control of your horse is to sit up straight, relax your back, hold the reins lightly and gently, set a foot in each stirrup, and keep balance to not make your horse feel like you are a heavier load.

Be gentle with the reins

Your horse riding technique might based on which style you’re learning, English or Western. In English riding, you hold a rein in each hand, while in Western riding you take both reins in one hand. Whichever your style, relax your arms and don’t pull too hard or you might make the horse feel painful. It’s also a good reason to lift the reins above your shoulder level so that your arms form right angles at the elbow.
To turn your horse to the left, move the left rein to the left in a movement like opening a door. In case you want to turn to the right, repeat the action with the right rein. To stop, just gently pull back and push the heels down.