One of the major elements of Turkish history and culture, the horse and therefore, horse-riding has gained much currency especially in recent years. Horse-riding clubs and farms, opened one after the other, are overflowed with horse fanciers. Here are the key parts of this enjoyable and at the same time disciplined sports...
How to approach the horses, how to ride a horse, what are the correct equipment? Adorning weekend activities and spare times in recent times, this enjoyable sport has gained much more currency. Horse farms and horse-riding clubs are overflowed with those, who either have hobbies or those, who want to be a real rider. Although it seems very hard in the beginning from outside, this sport, which is rather a fun to do, of course has some rules and key points...
When to start?
As many samples can be encountered in the past, the horses are very sensual and sensitive animals. Although there is not an exact age limit in this sport, specialists and trainers have some suggestions about this issue. While the trainings start in childhood between the ages of 3-12, short times such as 15-20 minutes are preferred initially. As the bone development of the children, who start the training with small horses, called pony, is completed after the age of 10, this duration was deemed to be acceptable. Besides, such short durations also provide advantage in the beginning so that children could be familiar with the horses, they are not afraid of the horses and they would even get used to their fears. As for the adults, it is essential for the riding candidates with weight problem to pay attention to the selection of the horses only, just as there is not a definite age limit.
Which equipment must be used?
Equipment are of course important, but the golden rule for riding a horse is the relation you establish with your horse. Starting your horse-riding activity with a horse, which you were afraid of when you first saw the same or with a horse, which you did not like, may result in negative conclusions for you, you may even do not want to ride a horse any more. After you have passed this stage, it is of capital importance to wear comfortable clothes on a horse. Because your clothes help you to sit comfortably on a horse and direct the same in a correct way. As ancillary accessories, your gloves prevent damage to your hands while holidng the bridles, the boots, chaps or top-boots prevent leg injuries and twisting of legs. Moreover, wearing bonnet and the helmet, called as ‘tog’ will protect you from potential accidents. And although the tights, which are specially produced for horse-riding, protect the legs, they are not an essential equipment.
Particulars of horse-riding
As an old tradition, the horses are got on from the left side. The reason for this is that the swords used to be girded on the left side and it is easier to get on the horse. In the first trainings, you jump your right leg with the support of the trainer and sit on the saddle. After a while, it is possible to get on the horse repeating the same movement, which has become practical any more by attaching the left foot to the left skewback. Another important issue is your position on the horse. It will make it easy to sit on the horse in a way your body completely stays in the same line and as if, you were standing on the horse. Although it is known as the reins, that are the only things to direct the horse, in fact you can direct the horse with your body as well. Furthermore, the reins are held in a way in which index finger and middle fingers remain on the top and the thumb, ring and little finger remain at the bottom. Because of their physiological structures, the horses are the animals with thick and muscled skins. Despite their majestic formations, the horses are skittish animals. For instance, slightly poking with a horsewhip or the edge of the spur will provide the required adrenalin for the horse to move.
Riding a horse in early ages increases the “development of leadership qualifications”.