Perhaps, you think it’s way too boring to engage in what may look from the side as simply sitting around in a saddle while occasionally giving the horse short instructions, which it gladly follows, doing all the job for you (spoiler: this is completely wrong!). Maybe your doubts come from the opposite direction, and you are a bit scared to approach a large animal, let alone climb on its back and let it carry you – for some people, this concept seems anything but safe (another spoiler: although there are risks to everything, including sitting on the sofa all day long, with a good coach you have very little to worry about).
The down math remains the same: horseback riding is something you haven’t tried…yet. Why are we so sure you will? Because we’re about to convince you to give it a go and feel the wind in your hair! Discover 3 amazing benefits of riding (mental, physical and spiritual) below – but be careful, this fantastic activity is extremely addictive.
Learning a thing or two always challenges your brain in a positive way, helping develop new neural connections and pathways, promoting improved memory and enhancing concentration. Don’t get us wrong, knitting will probably do the same for you to a certain extent, but horseback riding takes all these processes to a whole new level. At the beginning, simply steering the horse without constantly thinking about your balance is going to be a massive learning challenge! As you master the skills, new opportunities arise, and even if you find the most experienced equestrian in the world, he will readily admit there is always something new to conquer.
To a casual observer, riding may look effortless, but it’s definitely not. Riding a horse is a challenging type of physical activity, requiring constant entire body awareness and full control. During the ride, many muscles from various regions of the body work hard, including the leg, abdominal, shoulder and back muscles. If you are a beginner, your inner thighs will be extremely sore for a while, just to prove the point! But don’t worry, over time they will definitely become stronger and more flexible (yes, flexible – horse riding promotes increased range of motion, too!). Moreover, much like walking, horse riding improves circulation in the internal organs, as well as makes great cardio activity. So if you’re aiming to increase your overall fitness level or perhaps even lose some weight – make sure to try horseback riding.
After getting past the struggles of the first couple of lessons, most people start noticing that horseback riding can actually be an extremely relaxing pastime. You can get together with your friends for a lesson, or enjoy some much needed solitude while going for a ride on your own.
Many people also find a sense of connection and companionship while working with their horse. These intelligent, gentle, beautiful and graceful animals will definitely steal your heart.
Hopefully, we’ve convinced you to try horseback riding at least once! Trust us, you’ll have the time of your life. And have we mentioned it’s addictive?
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