Drawing from my own experience, here are some of the many awesome reasons why I believe children should learn to ride horses...
Though horses have traditionally been “kid magnets,” many in the horse world worry that this dynamic may be changing. There are so many digital distractions and extracurricular activities available to youngsters today. Then, too, there’s the rising cost of horse ownership. Put these together, and horseback riding just isn’t as attractive to families as it once was. In a growing trend, unique horsemanship programs are benefiting kids that might otherwise never see a horse— and drawing new families into the horse world.
So eventing might not be more dangerous than motorcycle or car racing after all, but are event rider deaths “freak occurrences”?
Raise your hand if you're ever suffered a concussion--whether from riding a horse or a car accident or any type of mishap.
If you didn't raise your hand, how do you know you've never had a concussion?
And did anyone ever mention to you that men and women react differently to head injuries?
Fear. Anxiety. Dread. Not words that you want to associate with riding, but there is no doubt that these feelings come up for most of us at some point in our riding lives. I know that there have been numerous times in my life that a bad experience made me down right scared to get back in the saddle.
Having a spinal cord injury doesn’t have to mean an end to the hobbies and sports that you love; it just means having a view from a different angle.
Sports-related head injuries are increasingly gaining attention as researchers investigate long-term consequences of multiple concussions. Concerns about the neurodegenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, has put a focus on contact sports such as football and soccer.
However, a study released today by the journal Neurological Focus found that the sport that causes most traumatic brain injuries isn't even a contact sport, it's horseback riding.
Recent research shows that the effects of vibrations produced by horses during horse-riding lead to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which improves learning in children.
There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including developing a strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as increased confidence and introspection. Few studies have addressed the effects of horseback riding on children and the mechanisms underlying how riding affects humans. We examined the effects of horseback riding on the ability to distinguish Go/No-go tasks and solve arithmetic problems in children.
Horseback riding has been a popular pastime for centuries. Though no longer used for such practical purposes, such as transportation and the herding of livestock, horseback riding’s popularity persists well into modern times. As the recreational use of horses continued to grow, so did our understanding of the many ways horseback riding can improve your health. Horseback riding provides stimulation and exercise for the horse, but it also yields both physical and mental benefits for the rider.
It’s very good exercise for the horse and, depending on how you ride, can be moderate or even strenuous exercise for you, too.
I have been thinking lately a lot about how hard it can be for middle-aged and older women to either get back to their long interrupted riding or to start riding. It is not easy.
We know we can get hurt. Many of us have osteoporosis and many more have arthritis.
The next time that you need a little inspiration or a reminder about the power of horses, this video can serve as a perfect reminder.
Capt. J. B. Dumas, at our request, has been kind enough to send us a very interesting note upon the method that he employs in his teaching at the High Riding School. We reproduce it.
There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as boost in confidence and meditation. Horses are even used in therapy for mentally disabled children- which only proves further how wonderful they are!
Horses are my life line.
If they are to fade,
I shall fade with them.
As long as horses are up on the Earth,
So shall I be.
Horseback riding is more than just a hobby or a sport, it’s a skill, an art, that can be learned with hard work and dedication. It takes a lot of learning and practice to successfully mount and maneuver a horse.
Ever ride a horse and get down feeling like you’re still straddling that saddle with a little hitch in your step? Just like your first time at yoga or your first return to the weight room in a while, a real day of riding can leave you feeling muscle aches and pains in places you didn’t know you had!
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The wind whooshing in my ears masks the crunch of hoof striking sand. The standards approach. Just as he lifts his legs in preparation for the leap, I lean forward, just a bit. The world stops...