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Horseback Riding Terms

Horseback Riding Terms

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ABOVE THE BIT
This is when the horses head is carried too high and is not in an outline or working through with its back or hindquarters.

BALANCE
A horse is in balance when it maintains its center of gravity with its weight distribution arranged in a way where it can carry both itself and the rider with ease while still remaining on the bit.

BEHIND THE BIT
When a horse is behind the bit when the horses poll over can bend and its chin and nose are directly behind the vertical. Typically this term applies to English style; not Western riding.

CADENCE
This is when the energy and impulsion of the horse is great and can maintain rhythm, balance, and tempo effortlessly and with elegance.

DIRECT REIN
This is a rein that is used to directly apply pressure along the rein to the bit itself.

FREE WALK
The free walk is a walk used which allows the horse to stretch down through their neck and back after being ridden. If the horse has been properly worked it will be only too happy to do this and will stretch long and low while still maintaining a purposeful walk with active steps.

HORSEBACK RIDING TERMS
Trail-riding is a fantastic way to experiece the great outdoors in a refreshing way. Typically, horseback riding doesn’t require lots of experience. However, here are a few basic terms to help you hit the proverbial dusty trail with a little bit of knowledge.

LOOSE REIN
The horse is given “loose rein” when it is given a long enough rein for it to stretch down and relax.

OFFSIDE
This refers to the horse’s right hand side of their body.

RESISTANCE
Is when the horse fails to understand or is reluctant to perform a movement it is being asked to perform. This could be due to either physical discomfort, lack of understanding or incorrect rider aids.

TROT
This is a two time gait where the horse moves its legs forward in diagonal pairs.

YOU CAN DO IT
Now, that you know a little bit about horseback riding terminology, it should be no trouble at all to “take the reins” and enjoy some outdoor horseback riding.




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