Hey guys, how many of you have always
wanted to ride a horse, but maybe you’ve never had a lesson in
your entire life? Well, if that’s the case you’re gonna want to stick around,
because that’s exactly what we’re gonna cover next and this week’s bonus session
of Manly Moments. Nice, nice horsey. Well aside from a few guided trail rides
and the merry-go-round at the county fair, my horseback riding experiences have been far and few between. And if I’m honest, I don’t know the first thing
about riding a horse. Fortunately, I know someone who does. It’s my new friend and horse expert, Dave Whybrew. How’s it going, Dave? Come on in here. Good. Thank you. Thanks for coming out. We’re gonna have a lot of fun today. I hope so. So we are here on location in Upland, Indiana, a small, one-horse town with a good college and a famous ice-cream shop. How long have you lived here and tell us a little bit about your horse experience.
Well, yeah, I lived here about 14 years here, but I grew up in Fairmount just 12 miles
away. And I actually started with horses, I was horse crazy as a kid and I always loved the cowboy movies, but my uncle he was a regular professional horseman. And he’d rode and trained and everything. And so anyhow, he brought a horse in the summertime at my house and my dad’s farm over at Fairmount, and that’s where I got
started with horses. Wow. Well, it’s my hope you’d be willing to share just a few
tips with us today on how to ride a horse the right way. Are you willing to
do that? Oh sure. Then giddyup. First things first, we want to get on the horse. Easy mount is to have a place where your up off the ground little bit. We can get on him. You just walk over the horse and pivot on,
like so. Next thing you sorta relax on a horse but you want to be sitting straight. Straight with your horse, not off to the right, but staying upright. If you’re leaning to one side, it’s easy to fall off or the other say you want your legs. But
it’s the are going to fall you, want to fall forward where you can hold the neck, and then if you actually fall off, you can actually go to the ground without getting hurt. Okay let’s talk about guiding the horse.
And we got the reins tied together so if you drop a rein, your horse still, you
can still got the reins, otherwise your reins are on the ground. So I got this rein and I
just pull this side the horse turns this way. See his head turn? You want to do it
the other way, you just pull the rein on the other side, then he turns that way. Then it’s a just a matter of pulling rein on the left to turn left, pull the reign on the right to turn right. Where the horse’s head goes, the horse
goes. (laughs) Alright to get a horse moving usually just squeeze your legs a little bit and tell him to giddyup. I even kick my heels in just a little bit, and away we go.
As we’re riding, and we want to stop, we just pull back on the reins, but then you
let loose. If you pull too hard, you’ll back up. So you want, after you stop, just just that loose. When we get off the horse, we lean forward, grab his mane, so you got something to hang on to, throw your rear leg over his rump. And he’ll be glad you got off. (laughs) Well, there you have it – 5 tips straight from the horse’s mouth. You make it look so easy. A lot of it’s just . . . I know horse sense. Yeah but when you’re new to this
thing like me, it can be kind of intimidating. You never know can you give it a try. Yeah, but what if I fall off? Well, you just get back on. Oh, that’s good. Well, why don’t you take him for a ride and then have a little lunch. You’re gonna buy? Oh yeah. Well, that’s a horse of a different color! Come on, Buttercup! Let’s go! Whoo! You’re a fast learner, boy. You’re a good teacher. Hey if you found this video helpful, go ahead and like and comment, and watch some of our other videos. And
we will see you next time for another installment of Manly Moments.