Horseback riding has many great beneﬁts for your overall health and well-being. Here are three reasons why you should choose horseback riding:
Riding makes you sweat Horseback riding is a sport that has many great physical beneﬁts. You may think that riding a horse isn't that much different than going on a ride at an amusement park. You just jump on and the horse does all the work, right? Well, not quite. A one-hour ride can burn similar calories to that of a 30 minute jog (10 km/hr) or cycle ride (14 km/h). Therefore, all the health beneﬁts associated with engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise are gained. After your ﬁrst ride, you may feel muscles that you never knew you had!
Improved balance and muscle strength
Improved coordination, faster reﬂexes and increased motor planning
Stretching of tight or spastic muscles
Increased range of motion of joints
Improved respiration and circulation
Stimulated sensory integration
Improved visual-spatial perception
Improved eye-hand coordination
Riding makes you think Horseback riding is a great activity to help exercise your mind. Controlling a large animal challenges you to pay close attention to your actions. Horses rely on their riders to make decisions and practice good judgement.
Increased vocabulary application and recall
Increased verbal integration and participation
Improved attention and concentration
Improved sequencing and planning skills
Improved judgement and critical thinking skills
Improved ﬂexibility in thinking
Riding makes you feel good Horseback riding is recognized as having excellent therapeutic qualities. The emotional benefits can be of equal importance as the physical beneﬁts. Simply being outdoors and enjoying the countryside will boost your general well-being and act as a great stress buster. There is a real sense of exhilaration and freedom when riding, a feeling that is second-to-none. Furthermore, the relationship and sense of trust developed between you and your horse is highly rewarding. Learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself can have a profound effect on your conﬁdence and is a great feeling.
Regardless of what sport we choose, there are so many common experiences and lessons that sports teach us...
The New Brunswick Equestrian Association is a not-for-profit sport-governing office that provides education, leadership and support to individuals, associations and businesses in New Brunswick's horse community. We provide our members with a variety of services, programs and benefits, and we represent their interests to the general public and to varying levels of government.
EVERYONE who rides, handles, or works around or with horses should have the protection of personal liability insurance & accident insurance in case of an injury or incident caused by a horse or horses. This will provide peace of mind for you as a parent, rider, student, groom, coach, etc.