Learning to ride a horse is hard work and takes practice. Sure, it looks easy standing from the sidelines, but as a rider you need to have balance, strong legs and a sturdy core. From time to time you may fall off, but the saying “get back on the horse” is a cliché for a reason.
If you’re interested in learning horseback riding, Clover Hill Farm is here to help. We love seeing a bond form between horse and rider as they become more comfortable in the saddle. For those just starting out, we offer classes in English style riding. English riding is a great first step because you can apply much of what you learn to different horsemanship disciplines should you decide to pursue them. For more information about our classes and our facilities, visit our website at cloverhillfarmclub.com or contact us today!
The Fundamentals of English Style
English style riding differs from its Western counterpart in a few ways. One contributing factor to learning English as a beginner instead of Western is the tack. English tack is smaller and lighter weight than Western tack. This is because in Western riding, you want the weight evened out over more of the horse to create more comfort for all-day riding. With English riding, you need lighter tack for jumping, weaving and moving around at quicker speeds.
This is important for beginners because by learning to ride English, they learn better balance in the saddle. There is a reason all the trail rides you went on as a kid were Western. Western saddles are wider and have an elevated cantle and pommel to give the rider more security in the saddle. With an English saddle, you learn to ride using balance and the muscles in your thighs.
When English style horseback riding, you have a closer connection with the horse physically. The smaller English saddle puts you in closer contact with the horse. You control speed and movement by squeezing with your thighs or touching the side or belly of the horse with your heels.
You’re also connected to the head of the horse through the reins. Unlike Western tack, the reins connect to either side of the mouth and are held in both hands as opposed to one. This gives you full control of the head of the horse and you have to turn the horse’s head where you want to go.
If you want to learn a new lifelong skill, or you just want to brush up on your horsemanship, visit Clover Hill Farm in Paris. From beginners to advanced riders, we offer classes suited to your needs in both private and group settings. Visit our website for more information!
Great for Beginners
What makes English style great for beginners? Learning English style horseback riding as a beginner creates a great foundation for whatever discipline you decide to pursue in the future. You learn balance, stability and control in the saddle which is necessary for any rider.
A rider who learns to ride Western first learns different balance and control as it applies to the Western riding style. If that rider were to decide they wanted to switch to English, it would be like learning to ride all over again. Western riding does not translate well into English horseback riding, however, English riding easily translates into Western.
If you are in interested in horseback riding, Clover Hill Farm is the place to go! We offer lessons for beginners all the way to advanced riders looking to continue their horsemanship. Our lessons are in private and group settings and are tailored to your needs.
For more information on our classes or the other services we offer our horse lovers, please contact us or visit our website today!