Smiling Horses Monteverde
Horseback Riding Tips
- you don't know your limits unless you challenge yourself -
Please wear long pants, firm shoes, sunscreen and hat.
If possible do not take a backpack. We can lend a fanny bag
approach the horse from the side front, talking to him, so they can see and hear that you are coming. Let them take a nose of your smell, so they
know you. Horse whisperers call this “Join-Up”.
be loud and boisterous around the horses.
respond best to gentleness, kindness, and firmness. Pat
(stroking not clapping) or reward will make him your friend.
Watch branches and trees. The horse knows its width, but it
is not aware of your knees or head.
Please attach your camera on yourself, not loose in the pants
If you feel that something might get loose on your saddle,
please tell your guide immediately.
If you are on the road, then ride on the right side.
If your knees would start hurting, then your stirrups might
be too short. Let the guide check for you.
If you feel it helps you, you can always hold on to the
saddle, NEVER to the reins.
We do NOT kick our horses in the belly with our feet. Squeeze
My horses are well fed, work about 2 to 4 hours a day and get
days off work. So DO NOT let them graze on the trail. Pull up the rein on one
You can always let your horse drink water, if it wants to.
You reward your horse by having no pressure anywhere on his
body (give your horse the reins) and being stroked on the neck.
We always reward for things they do right!!!
We ride with loose reins, so the horse’s head has space to
Trust your horse to watch out on the trail. This allows you
to concentrate keeping your balance on the horse.
Our horses use a hackamore not a bit and respond to gentle
The horses are trained a
combination of Western and English riding style. To go to the right, we pull on
the rein to the right and lead the left loose across the neck. We will
demonstrate this in the beginning of your ride.
To make your horse walk or one gait higher Costa Rican people
make a kissing sound to their horses. Lightly shift your weight to the front.
To stop or slow down your horse, we pull the reins back in
front of the saddle. If it reacts to your command give the reins instantly but
6. If you see that your horse is not happy with the horse next to yours, command the attention of your horse back to you and move away from the other horse.
Getting of the horse you wait for the guide, that helps you
down on your left.
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