Horse riding has many benefits including health and mental development. Horses are some of the most beautiful animals on Earth and they bring so much joy. They are compassionate and loyal and have been a blessing in millions of lives. For their humans, horse riding is beneficial in many ways.
1. Physical Benefits
Horse riding may not seem like it to those who don’t ride, but it is good exercise. It strengthens and tones muscles and much more.
It strengthens your core – Core and posture go hand-in-hand and you need both to ride a horse. Horse riding is called an isometric exercise. This refers to the balancing on the horse and staying in in a specific position for which you need to use specific muscles that have to stay in specific positions.
It tones muscles and increases flexibility – Staying on the horse uses a lot of muscles. The muscle groups used most by horse riders are the inner thighs and pelvic muscles. It also works the hip flexors which help with flexibility.
Stable chores – There is a lot more to taking care of a horse than most people think. You need to clean, sweep, and muck the stable. You need to carry bales of food. You need to groom your horse which works the arms and back.
2. Mental Benefits
Mental benefits include everything from meditation to being in nature.
The bond between you and your horse – This is a very special bond and has great benefits for both parties. It is a friendship, an escape, a place to cry, and a place to be scared. In the same way, you care for your horse, he or she cares for you. It has been proven multiple times that horses have a connection with their humans.
Therapy – Horse riding is therapeutic. It takes you away from everyday worries and stresses and you can just be in the moment with your horse. There is a sort of meditative quality to horse riding that can heal and make you feel better instantly. Horses are often used in therapy for disabled or traumatised people.
Horse riding is great for many different reasons. It is beneficial to both horse and human and it is something special.