Here Are The Pop Quiz Answers!
Here is the follow up to the pop quiz post – the answers! H
1. What Side Do You Get On The Horse From?
We always get on our horse from the left side. We basically do everything from the left side. We get on the horse on the left. We lead them on the left. Staying on the left side of the horse becomes second nature pretty quick!
2. The First Thing You Should Do Before You Mount Is What?
I guess that one was sort of kind of a trick question. The answer was all of the above. You check your girth, take a hold of your reins a then put your feet in the stirrups.
We don’t want you to saddle to slip so tightening the girth is super important. We also don’t want the horse to walk away while we are mounting. Therefore before we put a foot in the stirrup we take a hold of the reins.
3. How Tight Should Your Reins Be?
Your reins should be short enough that if you could see yourself, you would see a straight line from the horse’s bit, to your hand and then back to your elbow. This allows you to use the reins to steer and stop without having to move your arms around a lot.
If you feel like you have to pull your hands way up high or off to the side that is a sign that your reins are too long.
4. Where Should Your Elbows Be?
Your elbows should be bent and at your sides. You don’t want rigid arms with no bend. Fishing polearms don’t work well at all. We also don’t want to see elbows flapping like chicken wings! It’s not pretty, and we don’t want to be pulling on the horse’s bit unless we are asking them to do something.
5. Your Feet Should Sit Where On Your Stirrups?
This is an important one! We want your stirrups to be on the ball of your foot. With your heels down and your ankle flexed. Your ankle is your shock absorber and it works best when you have the stirrup on the ball of your foot and your heel dropped down. For safety purposes, we do not want your stirrup to be all the way up against the heel of your boot. In the event of an
6. Your Position On The Horse Should Be What?
A straight line from your shoulder to your hip to your heel. This puts us in the best position to ride effectively and safely. You want to sit on the horse in a way that if someone came and yanked the horse out from underneath of you, you would land on our feet
7. Where Should You Be Looking When You Are Riding?
You should be looking up and ahead to where you are going next! This way you are aware of your surroundings. Not to mention the horse will feel your body weight shifting as you turn and look and it will help with steering
8. How Would You Describe The Correct Grip On The Reins?
A correct grip on the reins is when you have a firm enough hold that you keep the reins from sliding out of your fingers if the horse pulls. You need a soft but firm grip, one that allows you to keep control of the reins, without the horse feeling like you are yanking on them all the time
9. Where Do Your Stirrups Fall If They Are The Proper Length?
Proper length stirrups should fall at your ankle bone. This should put your leg in the best place to maintain proper position. I’m speaking in terms of riding in the all-purpose saddle since that is what most beginners start in. If you were in a dressage saddle they would be longer or shorter if you were in a close contact saddle to jump
10. Your Knees Should Do What As They Rest On The Knee Rolls?
Your knees should rest gently and provide support for your leg. You don’t want to pinch your knees in. This will cause your lower leg to pivot back behind you and make your shoulders fall forward. You also don’t want to move your knees a lot as the horse is moving because your leg is your base of support on the horse, without it being stable you will have a hard time balancing.
So How Did You Do?
How did you do on the quiz? Hopefully, if you got a few wrong, now that you have read the explanation you will understand and remember the correct answer!
Stayed tuned for more new/ returning rider boot camp, we are just getting started!