Let’s start from your head. Especially if you are a beginner in riding horses, you will fall down from your horse. But one of the best ways to conquer this fear of falling down from a horse is to make sure that you are well-prepared when that happens so that nothing serious would happen to you physically. And the most important gear to protect you from a fall is your helmet.Not to scare you off horse-riding or anything, but let us just stress the importance of wearing a helmet in horseback riding. Statistics indicate that there are 70,000 cases of injuries related to horseback riding every year. And 12,000 of these cases have suffered head injuries. Make sure that you wear a helmet that is ASTM/SEI certified.
A certified helmet is one of the most important parts of equipment because it absorbs energy when you crush from your horse and prevents your head from injuring. That is why it is important to understand that quality is a key factor that you should consider when buying a helmet. A good helmet can save your life and protect your brain by reducing the peak impact on it.
And make sure that your helmet fits you perfectly. It does not make sense that you wear a safe helmet if it would only fly off your head the moment you fall off your horse.And lastly, wear your helmet at all times that you are near a horse, even if you are not mounted. Your horse is a powerful animal that can cause serious unforeseen accidents. Even your level of expertise in horseback riding does not lessen the probability of having accidents.
Always remember that the risk of injury is a function of the cumulative riding time, and not your level of expertise.Important: Replace your helmet whenever it absorbs serious impact when you take a fall. Although externally, you might not see a damage, such as a crack, in the helmet, it may have suffered unseen structural damage which may not protect your head fully the next time you hit your head during a fall.
Now you know how to choose equipment. Hope you will find this article useful and always remember not to buy cheap equipment since it has poor quality and will not protect you from serious injuries. Good luck!
Anyone who has ever seen Arabian horses is sure to have admired their beauty, grace, and endurance. The exact origin of the breed is still unknown and causes much debate. Some people think the Arabian horse originated in Arabia. Another supposition is that the breed first appeared in ancient Egypt. Whatever the origin of the horse, the palm of breeding Arabians belongs to Arabia. This country was the center of horse breeding in the medieval. Bedouins who lived in deserts in relative isolation perfected the breed’s qualities and produced an ideal horse.
According to the legend, Al-Burak, a white winged horse with a human face carried the prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Jerusalem in no time. Then, it took Mohammed to Heaven traveling at a great speed. The place where Mohammed tied up the winged horse before going to Heaven became sacred and is now one of the most holy places for Jews. The Western Wall, otherwise called the Wailing Wall, commemorates that grandiose event.
The role of the Arabian horse in the culture of Bedouins is hard to overestimate. It shared the hardships with people and was a devoted companion in their wanderings. It will suffice to say that Bedouins never ate horsemeat or milk. When riding, they encouraged their horses by exclamations. Whipping was out of the question. Even today the Arabian horse is the golden dream of any Arabian.
Arabian Horses – At Present
Some unfavorable factors were detrimental to the population of Arabian horses in Arabia. Nowadays, Northern America is considered one of the leaders in Arabian horse production. The population size in the United States is really impressive. The country produces about half of the world’s population. The breed is very popular all over the world. It is estimated that about sixty countries have better breeding stock than that found in the breed’s original country. These countries operate for the welfare of the Arabian horse. Their efforts are regulated by the WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization). It promotes Arabian horses by maintaining the purity of the breed’s blood.
Completely undomesticated, they had to learn to drink out of the small automatic water drinkers that hissed when they were used, understandably a rain puddle always remained the first choice of watering hole. Hay left on the ground would cause them to bolt to the far corner of the paddock and stand there snorting. Grain was unknown to them and had to be left with them so that they could explore it for themselves.
These are just some of the things we would expect our domestic horses to understand.Once having herded the mustangs though a gate to an adjoining pen I tipped a lorry load of sand in their paddock to replace sand lost in storms. As they returned to their paddock and discovered this pile of sand in their world, they did every thing they could to keep away from it, galloping around the outside of the paddock. Stopping to face it snorting and pawing the ground with their front hooves before setting off for more circuits of the paddock. After 15 minutes of similar behavior and with no response from the pile of sand they stopped in a corner to face the mound. After a further 5 minutes they began a slow cautious approach, stopping to snort and paw the ground every couple of steps and each time the sand did not respond they grew a little bolder.
When the first one reached the pile of sand pawed it and still nothing happened, they grew very brave and the pile of sand was transformed into a play thing for digging in and much to their obvious enjoyment for rolling on. Also in the sand were tiny shoots of new grass. As their digging uncovered these shoots, the mustangs lifted the shoots from the pile holding them carefully in their lips and shook them hard before eating them, something that they had obviously learnt in the wild to avoid eating dirt.
The mustangs’ acute awareness of their environment makes their sensitivity incredible. While working with these horses I used just my body language to communicate with them. Their sensitivity meant that simply shifting my weight from the heel to the ball of my foot could cause them to back away from me. They of course could read me from the very start and often would subtly become the trainer and would get me do want they wanted.It was very clear that these mustangs could see no benefit from being with humans (predators). So my goal was reach across the divide between horse and human and let them find value in being with me. The only way to start this process was to learn and understand the nature of wild horses. To discover how their minds work which then allowed me to understand how they perceive the world. These mustangs showed me so clearly that horses are unique individuals and each one requires to be worked with differently if you are to achieve the best relationship with them.
To start with progress was made in very small steps. Often the lessons would last only two or three minutes. The biggest reward that I could give the mustangs for a correct behavior was to stop working with them and leave. So to begin with, for them to just turn their head and look at me was all I needed to end the lesson and leave the paddock. Though future lessons I was able slowly to shape this response until I could touch them.Everything that we expect our domesticated animals to understand and cope with these mustangs had needed to learn. From being touched to learning that a lead line was not a snake, even grazing while on a lead line took three to four days to learn, because when the horse is grazing their view of the surrounding area is restricted and they feel very vulnerable.It is completely understandable that these mustangs could be scared, nervous and very cautious as well as requiring plenty of time to learn and adapt to new situations they faced daily.
Their perception of the world is clearly so different from our own. Though working with mustangs it became apparent just how much we take for granted with the domesticated horse. Horses, like us can have a bad day or fear a common object and unfortunately, just like humans, horses also make mistakes no matter how hard they might try do the right thing.It is important when working with domesticated horses to understand their evolution and to acknowledge just how much of our world they have already learnt to deal with and accept. I believe part of a horse’s beauty comes from being a freethinking, spirited animal, who with sympathetic training is willing to work with us. They are not machines programmed to do exactly as we want, so in our work with them it is worth remembering that today’s’ horse is the result of 60 million years of survival and that his mind and spirit are descended from free wild ancestors.