Know your skill level. Quite often a lot of accidents occur by riders either trying to attempt to do things above their riding ability when they do not have the fitness or the communication skills to be able to keep their seat and maintain control of the horse. The other problem is that quite often a rider will get a horse that is above their skill level and try to work with it without having a trainer be there to guide them along the way and help them when the horse gets a few steps ahead of the rider. There is nothing wrong with stepping outside of your skill set or comfort zone as that is the only way you will advance as a rider. You just have to ensure that you have someone on hand to help guide you and make sure that you stay safe while you are progressing along your riding journey. Happy Riding Everyone!
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