Horse riding is a great exercise and offers a number of health and fitness benefits, including:
- Develops leg muscles
- Improves balance and posture
- Improves mental concentration
- Develops the arm muscles and the agility of the hands
- Refreshes and clears the mind of daily distractions
Horse riding is a great form of exercise which has both cardiovascular and muscle conditioning benefits. Although it may seem at first sight as though the rider is not engaging in any major physical exercise, an hour’s activity can burn similar calories to that of a 30-minute jog or cycle ride. Therefore, all the health benefits associated with engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise are gained.
Simply being out and about and enjoying the great outdoors will boost your general well being and act as a great stress buster. There is a real sense of exhalation and freedom when you ride. Furthermore, developing a relationship and sense of trust between yourself and your horse is highly rewarding. Learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself can have a profound affect on your confidence.