Before you can hit the trails for a day of horseback riding in Gatlinburg you need to know how to get onto the saddle! Mounting and dismounting might look a little tricky at first, but all you have to do is follow a set of simple directions. Read on to learn the secret of getting on and getting off of a horse.
An experienced member of our staff will walk you through every step of the mounting process. Before you begin, your guide will hold on to your horse and make sure that he isn’t going anywhere. Then, your guide will double check the tightness of your horse’s girth. A girth is the piece of material that holds the saddle to the horse’s body, so it’s important that it’s nice and snug. Finally, a staff member will run down the stirrups and make sure that they are at a comfortable level for mounting.
Once your guide gives you the go-ahead, here’s what to do:
1. Put your left foot in the stirrup and face forward. Keep the toe of your boot up against the girth so you don’t rub up against the horse’s elbow.
2. Place your right hand on the back of the saddle.
3. Do a couple of light springs with your right foot, and then jump right up into the saddle. Try to land softly!
4. Finally, put your right foot in the other stirrup and take control of the reins.
Your guide will be there to give you instructions throughout the mounting process, so you’ll be sitting in the saddle in no time!
As with mounting, the first step to dismounting is making sure that your horse is standing still and relaxed. Your guide will hold on to your horse and let you know when it’s safe to dismount. Here’s what to do:
1. Put the reins in your left hand.
2. Place your right hand on the horse’s withers, which is the ridge between its shoulder blades.
3. Take both of your feet out of the stirrups.
4. Lean forward, and then use the momentum of your right leg to swing off of your horse and land on the ground.
5. Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!
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Five Oaks Riding Stables is the number one place for horseback riding in Gatlinburg. Our knowledgeable guides will take you on an incredible tour of our breathtaking 70 acre nature park in the Great Smoky Mountains. To book your next trail ride, visit our Reservations page or give us a call at (888) 353-4986!