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Benefits of Horseback Riding

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Horse Owner Ship can be pricey; however, horseback riding lessons are affordable. The Benefits of physical activity on a horses back is often overlooked and undervalued. Combine that with getting some fresh air and doing something that is fun, and you may just have the perfect recipe for physical and mental health. Horseback Riding is not only fun, it is physically and mentally challenging. The therapeutic benefits are well documented. Children, especially children with mental or physical challenges, benefit tremendously from therapeutic riding lessons and contact with these magnificent animals.


Horse Back Riding – The Fun Alternative to Fitness Centers

Most people think of physical activity as something they “have to do” or “force themselves to do”. Many times it is not anything they “enjoy” doing.  How many times have you signed up for classes or personal training sessions at a health club, fitness center, or aerobic center? How much money did you spend? How many times did you go? Did you truly enjoy what you were doing? Did it last? Was it another New Years Resolution you felt you have to have? Most of all, did you have fun?

The Health Risks of physical inactivity are enormous. It effects more and more children and young adults. Inactivity doubles the risk of developing health problems down the road.

Health Impact of Inactivity

A staggering number of people in this country suffer from:

  • Depression and other Mental Problems
  • Physical problems
  • Obesity
  • Nervous Breakdowns
  • Dependency on Prescription Drugs and OTC Medications

Let’s look at what people spend money on tho fix their problems:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Therapist
  • Membership fees at health clubs they never see from the inside
  • Weight Loss centers
  • Weight Loss Surgery (any surgery carries tremendous risks)
  • Weight Loss Supplements and Weight Loss Drugs (not always without health risks)
  • Prescription Drugs (do you pay attention to the countless side effects)
  • OCT Medication

Benefits of Horseback Riding

Even if you don’t  fit any of the above descriptions, I challenge you to find a local Riding Club, Equestrian Center, Farm,  or Ranch and take up some Lessons in Horseback Riding. You may just experience some, if not all the Benefits mentioned below, and you will find yourself in a happier and healthier Place. Get your children out of the house and exposed to Animals and Nature. What can be more fun than exploring the wonderful Trails and Parks around your City on a Horse’s back.
Reason you and your Children should take up horse back riding lessons.
Mental and Emotional Benefits:
  • Horseback Riding is lots of fun
  • Mentally challenging by keeping you focused
  • Instills confidence and self-esteem
  • Teaches empathy for other living creatures
  • Teaches about carrying and respecting animals
  • Teaches ownership
  • Teaches responsibility
  • Teaches patience
  • Teaches self-discipline
  • Helps to stay connected with Nature
  • Learn to deal with fears and self-doubts
  • Helps you to connect as a family and spend quality time together
  • Learning how to interact with a horse can be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience
  • Let’s you forget about the serious things in life
  • Stress relief
  • Connect with like minded people

Physical Benefit:

  • Great exercise to burn calories
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health
  • Improves Respiratory Health
  • Develop balance
  • Develop coordination
  • Develop muscle strength
  • Increase range of motion
  • Used increasingly for therapy purposes
  • Can be done at pretty much any age

Experience the positive psychological and physical feelings of horseback riding. It was the best thing my parents involved me in at age 5, and I see the positive effects it has on me and my children now.

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