Monday, May 18, 2020

7 Tips for Getting Back in the Saddle

As things slowly begin to open up and riding can resume here in Maryland, we know it might not feel the same as it did before. Even if it's only been a month since you've ridden, it can be hard to get back into a riding routine and feel in sync with your horse again. Thanks to a quick article from 'I Heart Horses' we are sharing 7 tips for getting back into the saddle after the time off.

1.) Don’t get frustrated when you aren’t as good as you used to be. You might not be as quick with your aides or as sharp with your eye right off the bat. That is okay, it will take some time for it to come back...but it will!

2.) Spend time with your horse before getting on. Of course it's your horse and they remember you, but there might be a small lack of trust so it's best to spend some extra time grooming, grazing and loving on them to ensure that you are the same person they know and can trust.

3.) Don’t commit to a barn, instructor, or horse immediately. If you were taking lessons casually or not sure about staying at your particular place of boarding, take the time now to research new farms and instructors and call about availability to see what might be the best fit for you and your horse. (Hint: Southwind Farm has stall boarding spots available!)

4.) Go for a trail ride. Enjoy the first few rides back, no pressure! Take the time to reconnect with your horse before jumping back into to a regular workout routine.

5.) Attend a riding clinic once things are open again. If you are comfortable, when clinics begin again, think about looking into a few that could help you re-develop goals and things to work on with your horse.

6.) Make it an appointment and stick to it! Be sure to set out consistent time each week to spend with your horse (as much as your facility and schedule allows) so the transition back is easier.

7.) Make friends with horse lovers! If you haven't ridden in awhile and are looking for suggestions of places to go, reach out to other equestrians or people you know who own horses and talk your ideas through with them.

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