For too long, horseback riding has been one of the most misunderstood pastimes. Many people think that you have to spend hours in the saddle and be a competitive rider to get any benefit from the experience. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Those who do aspire to become a professional rider have to stick to a rigorous practice schedule, but that’s not the only way to experience the joys of horseback riding. You don’t have to own your own horse or buy expensive equipment. Horseback riding is for everyone.
If you’ve never spent time riding a horse, you may not be aware of all the benefits of horseback riding for both children and adults. It’s never too late to start taking horseback riding lessons though.
Below, we’re sharing the top five benefits of climbing up into the saddle. Read on to learn more.
1. It’s Good Exercise
Everyone wants to be healthy and fit, but a lot of people find that traditional exercise is not right for them. Going to a gym and using the same equipment or running the same route through your neighborhood can easily lead to boredom.
As a horseback rider, you may find yourself having such a good time that you forget that you’re exercising. It’s a different experience every time, which makes it fun, but you are also working your body, which makes it a great way to stay fit.
2. There Is a Strong Community
Signing your child or yourself up for horseback riding lessons is a good opportunity to become part of a strong social community. And you don’t have to spend all your free time at a barn to feel like a central part of a horseback riding group.
Even as a casual horseback rider, you’ll begin to build bonds with other riders that can extend to your life away from the animals. Because horseback riding is not as common as many other sports, having it in common with someone else is an instant conversation starter, and can lead to lifelong friendships.
3. You Can Get Alone Time
While there is a strong community around horseback riding, the act of riding a horse is still a solitary thing. Being able to carve our some time in a day to be alone is important. It can be hard to justify this time, but taking horse riding lessons is a perfect way to guarantee you get some time to yourself.
4. It Can Be Great Therapy
In recent years, equine therapy has been identified as one of the best therapies to help those with autism, those who are experiencing PTSD, those dealing with chronic pain, or those who are suffering from or have survived a serious illness.
5. You Learn Patience
No one jumps on a horse for the first time and magically becomes a great rider. Developing comfort and skill in the saddle takes time. Horseback riding lessons are all about being patient and determined, which are lessons that are applicable to all aspects of your life.
For those times when you aren’t on horseback, an accessory or piece of jewelry from the Horse Gift Shop can be a great reminder to stay calm and persevere through any challenge.
Ready to Experience the Benefits of Horseback Riding?
It’s never too late to start horseback riding or to consider it as an activity for your child. All riders can enjoy the benefits of horseback riding, no matter what their skill level or how much time they spend in the saddle.
For more information on activities for the whole family, please contact us at any time.