When do we start riding?
Riding is a pleasant pastime for everyone, but it requires not only physical but also mental effort. We must remember that part of the work is performed by an animal, a living being and this will not always want to follow our orders, we must take into account the element of uncertainty that can mean riding.
Some parents buy a pony and teach their children how to ride since they were very young. In England it is very common to see children in competitions from the age of three on the tracks.
These learn very fast playing, and of course, this is the best way to learn as long as they are guarded and carry the casquet, which is absolutely essential.
In the same way, you can start riding at any age. Horse riding does not respond to ages, just jump on a horse and start.
Where do we start riding?
Even if you have your own horse, it is advisable to start riding in a riding school, where there are suitable horses and ponies and qualified teachers to teach us properly and without any vices.
Some people find it easy to ride while for others learning is difficult. Balance and coordination are vital qualities. With a good teacher, it does not take long to master the principles of riding.
If we do not have a good school nearby, we can always start with a friend’s horse, but always teach us knowing what he does, helping us to climb, holding the horse and of course, if it is the first time we ride, the animal must Be quiet and sensible and not be afraid of strangers.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HORSE
this is one of the oldest breeds that exist. Its origin is in the cross between the horse of the South of Middle East with the horses of the north of Mongolia.
Most common breeding zone:
center of the Arabian peninsula.
The most appreciated today is the Kehilan, characterized by its average height.
The Hamdini is also highly valued, with larger specimens.
The Manegui type is the tallest and also the most slender.
Most remarkable ability:
Its enormous resistance attached to its great speed.
Harmonious and agile comfort.
Strong and robust constitution.
Very long time.
Height: between 1.45 and 1.55 meters,
Weight: between 380 and 430 kgrs.
Ears short and separated.
Croup: wide and rounded.
Thorax: broad, with well-arched sides.
Color: although they can easily be found with pure black Arabian blood, the typical coat is gray, with the limbs in light gray color.
The only race that surpasses in speed to the pure Arab blood is the pure English blood.
The great resistance of this race is due to the fact that its selection was not made with regard to the races, but to withstand the harsh conditions of the desert.
Some mares have run between 250 and 300 km in two days.
They say that a Russian officer traveled with a 644-km Arab thoroughbred in just 5 days.
The cleanliness of the horse is fundamental, not only for its appearance but because it is something that directly influences its own health.
Each animal must have its cleaning equipment, since the use of the same utensils for several, can cause the spread and contagion of any disease that has one of them. These utensils should also be washed often.
We must clean the horse with some frequency. First we will rub with the scraper and then we will brush it, it is worth remembering that in doing this, apart from cleaning it we will perform a massage that stimulates the blood circulation and tones its muscles.
The manes and tail should be unraveled with a comb and if the manes are very abundant, they will be discharged between taking them out (never need to have scissors).
Helmets require very special care since it is a very prone to infections. With the aid of a helmet, we will clean all the accumulation of sawdust or mud they may have and we will apply, with the aid of a brush, special grease for them, preventing them from drying out and cracking.
It is not appropriate to abuse the showers, since the horse’s hair has its own natural oils, which are removed with excess water. So washing them too much can be harmful. Neither should we shower when it is too cold.
In winter we can wash the dirtiest areas such as mane and tail with shampoo, water and rinse them trying not to wet the rest of the horse.
So that it does not accumulate too much dirt and excess sweat when working, it is advisable to shear the horse. But we must take into account that when taking his natural coat, we must not forget to put a blanket.
All this hygiene is complemented by that of the horse’s own stable. It is of no use to keep the animal clean if its life runs the rest of the day, without essential hygienic conditions.