Horseback riding is a sport that is suitable for riders of all skill levels. From show jumping and endurance riding to polo and barrel racing, there is an equestrian sport to suit every preference. Regardless of which sport you choose to participate in, the basics of riding remain the same. Here are three essentials every rider needs.
Regardless of which style of riding you prefer, you need the right clothes to be successful. If you are interested in leisurely trail rides of endurance riding, you may prefer to wear clothes that are both comfortable and durable such as jeans and t-shirts. If you plan to compete in formal show jumping events, you need to invest in traditional English riding clothes.
You need equipment such as halters and lead ropes to care for your horse properly, but you also need saddles and bridles for riding. This equipment can add up to be a significant expense but you can offset the cost by purchasing gently-used equipment instead of buying brand new tack. However, make sure the equipment has been properly cared for and is made of high-quality leather before buying it secondhand.
Being a competitive rider can e stressful regardless of which level you are at. Every rider needs the support and understanding of their family and friends to improve their skills. You may have to sacrifice and miss special events occasionally to practice or compete and having a lot of support can help you feel good about your choices.
Riding is a great sport that caters to a variety of skill levels. It is never too late to start improving your skills, and making sure you have these three essentials gives you a solid foundation you can build upon. If you make sure you have the right clothes, equipment and support, you can be a successful rider.