Top Ten Mistakes made by beginners:
10. Incorrect haltering – putting the nose piece on first and then with one awkward arm underneath the horses neck, trying to flip the crown piece of the halter over the off side.
9. Tying your horse with too much rope – the point of tying is to have the hose stand still, is it not? 4-6 feet of rope between your horse and the post does not facilitate this goal, also it’s a safety hazard.
8. Placing your own foot right in the spot where the horse wants to put their foot after picking hoof. Keep those tootsies out of the way.
7. Cinching or un-cinching saddle in the wrong order. Remember, front cinch is first to go on, last to come off.
6. Walking around the back of the horse at arm’s length. Either stay up close, or way far away. Arm’s length is the deadly zone.
5. Not holding onto the reins as you mount.
4. Too tight or too loose of a hold on the reins. Takes time to get good feel and develop trust of your horse.
3. Getting in the horse’s way – Either on the ground or in the saddle, open the space up for the horse to move into.
2. Looking down at the horse instead of up where you want to go – It’s a little like driving, keep your eyes up.
1. Letting your horse make the decisions!
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