When learning to ride a horse, use the help of an experienced rider to avoid dangerous situations and to avoid bad habits that will have to be corrected later. Ride a horse by practicing holding the reins and walking with tips from an equestrian coach in this free video on horse care.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


25 Responses to Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Ride a Horse

  1. Anonymous says:

    im an experienced rider and all but i watched this just for the horse.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m a western rider but I think that when she got on, correct if I’m wrong, she was hold the reins too tightly and that’s why the horse shied a little. Ease let me know if I’m wrong. Also, my instructor says that the horses head should be low but hers seems to be holding his head up higher. Is that only with English?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi I love your videos I just think u could make them longer ur horse is beaut btw

  4. Anonymous says:

    You are very right, even Ian (One of the people from the canadian equine showjumping team) Uses a mounting block (:

  5. Anonymous says:

    If you listened you would of heard. Yes she does hold the rains when getting on the horse

  6. Anonymous says:

    @HannahRoberts Im new Pl help

  7. Anonymous says:

    Aww i wish mum’s weren’t tight like myne is,

  8. Anonymous says:

    My friend was asking, did u hold the reins to get on the horse?

  9. Anonymous says:

    um no im pretty sure…my comment wasnt a mistake..!..and like i said!…her horseKNOWS how to stand still it proboly got off balance or something werre not perfect now r we uuh no…and ya u “used” to ride!

  10. Anonymous says:

    u gotta teach ur horse how to stay still when mounting on.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Your Horse is simply beautiful!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all the tips it will help me when i get m horse soon

  13. Anonymous says:

    i dont even remember writing this?!?!?!? weird, i think my friend hacked my account

  14. Anonymous says:

    Okay, everyone who is saying riding is more complicated than just rein. Yes, it is. There’s no doubt about that. However, you can’t put years of practice into a two minute video. This is for bare beginners with NO experience, probably just researching before they start lessons. Even at the beginning of the video, she said to learn with an instructor because it’s very dangerous to learn alone, and you’ll probably learn wrong. SO RELAX!

  15. Anonymous says:

    hey this really helped me thanx

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for that :) and by the way i love that horse 😀

  17. Anonymous says:

    ITS PUPPYS GONA WILD! I see that ad whenever i watch a video like this!

  18. Anonymous says:

    well sometimes horses may find extra pressure on their back, even when ridden before, a bit uncomfortable, or a misunderstanding as a cue to forward. maybe mounting a bit gentler could help? im no horse genius, but i know them a bit. :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, that’s how most people ride their horses.

  20. Anonymous says:

    If that is happening, you probably are putting on enough pressure to make your horse think that you want him/her to walk. If it’s been trained to immediately start walking with the amount of pressure you’re putting on you’re horse, she’s instinctivly going to start wallking. Just try squeeZzing her a little less when you mount, and she might not start to walk. If she still does, you might just have to get someone to hold her reins while you mount. Tell me if it works out 😉

  21. Anonymous says:

    ok….. my horse was just like your horse….when u mounted her…. she started just walking off and u didnt even want her / him to walk [unless u really wanted the horse too….] but could anyone just message me on why my horse would do that whenever i mount her???? is it cuz maybe my legs are a little bit squeezing the horse when i mount?????? MESSAGE ME FOR HELPPPPPPP 😀

  22. Anonymous says:

    That is such a goergous horse, and yeah its a little more complicated than that to ride…. but i like it anyway for new riders its great =)

  23. Anonymous says:

    any1 got tips for buying horses as my instructor bought my last 3???? plz help

  24. Anonymous says:

    I really like all your videos. I watch to reinforce what I am learning from my trainer. Sometimes it is helpful to see someone else do it when you can really pay attention to the details. I find them very helpful! Thank you.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Well it is certainly not a way to learn how to ride by looking on Youtube so please don’t just get on a horse and think you know what your doing from watching this. But nice vid :)