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5th Feb 2001, 07:34 PM
does anyone have any tips for riding horses, they're gonna let me next week at work (holinsheads racing stables)
5th Feb 2001, 11:19 PM
Can you ask a more specific question than that? It's kinda hard to reply because their are so many aspects to riding horses.
Have you ever ridden before?
6th Feb 2001, 01:28 AM
If you're an inexperienced rider, race horses are NOT the horse that you want to start with. Or, even if you are riding a dead broke quarter horse to pony the race horse around with, there are still some things you need to know before you try it. Fill us in on your intentions and perhaps we can help you better. Happy Trails!
6th Feb 2001, 05:24 PM
PLEASE TELL US YOU CAN RIDE!! at least a bit! I wouldn't get on a race horse unless you know exactly what you are doing!
8th Feb 2001, 07:04 PM
soz, i didn't include more information, I can ride, I've been riding for ten years snd I can cope with most difficult horses. I meant to ask questons, like
do race horses respone to the aids in the same way?
how far do u stand up when doing faster work?
how shoet should my stirrups be?
also, is it correct that the horse wont stop or slow down unless you are standing up?
9th Feb 2001, 01:32 AM
I envy you- I have always LOVED racing, but the only racehorses I have ridden are off-the-track.
Probably whoever you are riding the horse for will be more than happy to help you. Are you talking about doing a morning work, like an exercise rider?
I can't answer all your questions, but I can help with the one about slowing down. Jockeys stand almost straight up when slowing the horse down at the end of a arce for the same reason the crouch down during a race. Wind resistance. If you want a horse to slow down very quickly, like they want to do once the race is over, standing up increases wind resistance, slowing down the horse. It isn't absolutely necessary, but it helps tremendously. When you want the horse to go faster, crouching down eliminates resistance, making it easier for the horse to run. If you want the horse to fly, then you want to be crouched down near their neck.
You can still give the horse the normal aid of pulling back on the reins to slow down as well as rise a little higher. However, most racehorses love to run, and once they are started, it's hard to stop them. Be ready forthis and be on your toes. They can take advantage of the slightest attention lapse.
Hope you have fun, let us know how it goes because I would be really interested in hearing. Where is the stable you are going to do this at?
10th Feb 2001, 02:46 PM
The racing stables is in staffordshire (R Holinheads), i will be riding just of a saturday morning only and as u said exercising the horses because i'm only 15 thanks for your advice , I was going to ride today (saturday) but ithink the person who organises whos riding what forgot cus they were going racing so she was pre-occupied.
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