Introduction to horse riding
Fitness benefits of horse riding
Here’s our introduction to horse riding and its varied health and fitness benefits. Horse riding is a great sportt to get involved in, so read on to find out everything you need to know.
Horse riding is an activity for all ages and abilities. More and more adults are taking to the sport for its exercise benefits and as a relaxing means to enjoy the great outdoors.
Imagine the buzz of galloping along a deserted beach, through a quiet forest or open plain. Horse riding allows you to discover and explore, giving you a sense of pure, timeless freedom and thorough exhilaration.
No horse required
The more keen and experienced riders may have their own pony or horse and all the riding gear, but you don’t need a horse or all the gear to get started. There are numerous riding schools throughout the country that can provide training, from the absolute novice through to the more confident and experienced rider. A riding school can give you a taster of the sport whilst providing all necessary equipment you will need, not forgetting the horse!
Health benefits of horse riding
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.
Choosing a riding school
There are two organizations that set standards for riding schools: the British Horse Society (BHS) and the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS). Riding schools approved by one or both of these organizations have met the standards required in terms of health and safety of the riders and animals. It is always best to choose a school which has been approved by one if not both of these associations.
Visit the riding school in advance
Once you have chosen a school it is most important that you pay it a visit to check it out. Get a feel for the place and have a chat with one of the instructors and any other beginners. Is it a place that you feel comfortable to learn in? If you are unable to visit, you may need to call beforehand to let the instructor know a few details about your physique. Then, the horse that will be prepared for your lesson will best suited to your needs.