Taking your horse for a walk isn’t the same as walking your dog! For horses, a “walk” is a type of slow gait that reaches speeds of about 4 miles per hour. Riding your horse at a walk is a relaxing experience, and a great way for beginners to feel comfortable in the saddle. Before you visit us for a day of horseback riding in Pigeon Forge, read on to learn the secret to walking a horse.
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In order to let your horse know that it’s time to start walking, riders must give their horse a “cue”. To send this signal to your steed, use both of your lower legs to gently squeeze the horse near the girth (the strap that is connected to the saddle). Try to keep your upper legs still when you give the cue.
As you squeeze with your lower legs, push forward a bit with your seat muscles. When your horse starts to move, you can stop cuing.
At Five Oaks Riding Stables, our horses are extremely well trained, so you won’t have to give much direction at all. One of our experienced guides will give you advice and answer any and all questions during your trail ride.
Maintaining proper posture is an important part of walking your horse. As you ride, keep your head facing in the direction you want to go. This helps your horse know where you are heading.
Try to keep your legs still, your shoulders straight, and your arms relaxed. For more posture tips, check out our blog about how to sit in the saddle!
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With the beautiful spring weather coming to the Smokies, now is the perfect time to visit Five Oaks Riding Stables. When you spend the day horseback riding in Pigeon Forge, you’ll see gorgeous mountain streams, plenty of wildlife, and the famous Mount LeConte. To book a trail ride, visit our Reservations page or give us a call at (888) 353-4926.