See If You Can Ace This Horseback Riding Knowledge Quiz
By: Heather Cahill
About This Quiz
The bond you have with your horse is unmatched. These gentle giants have nothing but love for their riders and work with you to be the best that they can be. For a beginner, riding might be quite intimidating. But with time, beginners will see the pure joy and love that goes into learning along with a horse. But first, it's important to know the basics. Do you think you know all the basics of riding?
It's time to saddle up! Do you know how to do it? You'll need to know the steps, parts and ways of doing it in order to ace this quiz. Don't forget the different riding styles or techniques that you should know in order to find the ones that suit you best. In addition to trail riding, there are also many activities that you and your horse can take part in together. The horizons are wide open for every rider!
There is nothing like the feeling of riding a horse through the trails or in a ring. So, if you think you could ride along with the best, then what are you waiting for? Jump into the saddle and see how well you know how to ride!
There are very many parts of a saddle and bridle. Where does the bit go?
In the saddle
Under the legs of the horse
In the horse's mouth
The bit goes into the mouth of the horse. When riding, it's important to remember that this is a sensitive part of a horse's mouth. Be gentle when pulling, or your horse may get a little irritated.
It's important to dress the part when going riding. What item of clothing should you wear while riding?
Closed boots are a great choice to wear when riding. Keep in mind that accidents can happen, such as your horse accidentally stepping on your toe. If you're wearing a closed-toe boot, it can help you stay better protected.
It's okay to be excited to go riding, and you should be! But keep in mind that horses can be timid despite their size; try to keep calm and collected. It will make your bond with your horse that much stronger.
There are many commands that a horse must learn. When you want your horse to stop, what should you say to it?
Lightly pulling back on the reins and saying "whoa" is the proper way to tell your horse to stop. If for some reason your horse does not stop, try pulling the reins as if you were turning in a circle to slow the horse down and bring it back to the task at hand.
Posture is important! What does sitting up straight do for you while on a horse?
Helps you to keep your balance
Balance is important while riding, as it keeps you from falling off your horse. First-time riders can feel off while sitting in the saddle and find balance a hard thing to keep. It's important to learn how to stay steady when your first start riding and get into good habits.
Preparation is key. What is important to do before riding?
Clean out your horse's hooves
Taking care of a horse's feet, especially before going for a ride, is important. Cleaning out the hooves with a pick is a good way to make sure that there are no stones or other objects stuck inside that can hurt your horse while riding.
If you cannot control your horse, what should you do?
Call emergency services
Gently pull on one of the reins
As you don't want the horse to react badly, gently pull on one rein to bring the horse's attention back to you and the task you are asking of it. Try to turn the horse in a circle or two in order to calm it down, and you should be able to take control once again.
What is the name of the item that you put your feet in while on the horse's back?
A stirrup is where your feet go when you are riding a horse. The purpose of a stirrup is to give the rider more support. You can be more comfortable and sit up straight, which are all important factors when riding.
Which horse breed is the best for a beginner rider?
American Quarter Horse
An American Quarter Horse is considered to be one of the best breeds for beginners. They are known for being fast at learning and are more confident than other breeds, which can make a newcomer more comfortable.
While saddling up your horse, what should you do when walking behind it in order to be safe?
Hold food in your hand
Let someone else go first
Yell your horse's name
Touch them while speaking to them as you walk
You should never flat out walk around the back of a horse. The safest way to do so if you must is to run your hand along their side and back as you walk while speaking softly to them. As horses can be scared easily; this will put them ease and let them know that you’re the one behind them.
How do you direct the horse to where you want to go?
By moving its head with your hands
By dismounting and leading it
By pulling the reins
A horse is trained to know that the direction you pull the reins is the direction that you are asking it to go in. Pull gently on the left rein, and your horse will turn left. Pull gently on the right, and your horse will listen.
A horse can have a sensitive mouth just like a human, especially since it spends a lot of time with a bit in its mouth. Remember this while you're riding, and try to be as gentle as you can with the reins. Your horse will appreciate it!
What is a good thing to do for your horse after taking the saddle off?
Go riding again
Brush out the tail
Give it treats
As a little reward for your horse after a good ride, it is great to give it a few treats. Giving it a meal might not be the best thing to do, however. Wait a little bit before feeding to help your horse digest the meal better.
One important part of riding a horse is also being able to lead it. What should you do in order to lead a horse?
Walk behind it
Walk ahead of the horse
Walk in line with its neck
A horse is large and could easily step on your foot or toe by accident. In order to avoid this, it’s important to train them to walk beside you, but not on top of you, so that this danger is eliminated.
A horse naturally has four gaits, but others can be taught to them. The four gaits are the walk, trot, canter and gallop, which all vary in speed. The walk is the slowest, while the gallop is the fastest.