We all have our own reason for wanting to learn how to ride a horse. The benefits of this sport are numerous and are shared among all riders. If you are a horse owner, you may be thinking that you don't need such information. But, I hope you will continue reading. And if someone is searching for a new hobby, maybe the info below will help convince you to join the horseback riders club. 

PHYSICAL

Horseback riding develops coordination and balance. The movements required to cue a horse require body awareness. You need to use all your muscles; most importantly the back muscles, shoulder, abdominal and legs. Riding a horse doesn't depend only on your strength, but on your flexible muscles that will help you in coordination and stability. If you are a new rider, you will probably find your thigh muscles, particularly the gracilis muscle, become sore, but don't worry - your muscles will quickly become stretched and strengthened. Plus, the more time you spend on riding, the more your body learns to move with the animal.

 

QUICK THINKING

Riding a powerful horse with agenda of its own is a real challenge, and workout that forces you to be constantly adjusting to the form of the animal and engages all of your muscles.

MENTAL

The first thing you need to learn is to stay on and steer the horse. When that becomes easy, you will notice that there is always something new to learn. Some studies have shown that lifelong learning can lower the risk of memory loss. Just like our muscles, our brain needs exercise, such as riding to keep supple and young. The best thing is that this sport can provide many opportunities for success, and whatever you are doing, you'll feel good about it. 

As you experience time on your horse, you will not only learn many things about yourself, but you can also have a meditative effect because your focus is only on riding and staying on the horse. While this sport is ideal for your body, there is a real benefit in the connection with the peace of mind that comes every time you ride.

EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL

Many people find companionship while working with their horse, and for many more a horse is a connection with nature whether they ride down the trail or in the ring. Although riding a horse can be a little bit challenging and frustrating, most people find it a relaxing and joyful activity. It is also very fun to get together with friends for a lesson. Many horse owners feel that their animals are in tune with their own emotions and feeling. And when they feel stressed, horses are their best friends.

If you find this post useful share it with your friends. Let them know that there is far more to riding than the observer might expect.

 

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