Many of us who have started riding later in life come from riding cars, motorcycles or bicycles. These things do as we tell them and do not think about what they are doing.
Then we ride a horse and have such a different feeling. First we don’t have to guide our horse over ever obstacle on the trail. Then the horse actually thinks and does things for us without asking. If you have a well-seasoned trail horse they may even stop and help you balance or talk to you about if you are leaning the right way up or down hill. Then you realize that you are two beings riding through the woods and not just a passenger.
The opposite thing can happen when you mix a novice rider with a novice horse. Since neither one knows what they are to do sometimes a wreck can occur. Communication will not be at the best since neither one knows how to communicate effectively with the other.
At Sierra Ranch we strive to meet the rule of 10. This means that the horse and rider combination should have a combination of 10 years of experience. So a 20 year old horse and a novice rider is a safe combination. A rider that has been riding for a number of years needs to be the one that helps train the younger horses. Either rider or horse can only gain what the other knows.
We hope you enjoy our philosophy and will come visit Sierra Ranch, LLC.
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Come Ride with US!Deb Stowers HorseMatch.net firstname.lastname@example.org 918-607-6094