Unlike earlier days when dependence on a horse was not a choice but a necessity, nowadays people ride for pleasure and most will see riding a horse as exotic. In fact, owning a horse is one of the more expensive undertakings. But if you are missing out on riding a horse, you are missing out on more than just the fun of controlling this magnificent beast. You are also missing on health benefits of this fun hobby. These are the benefits of constant horse riding.
Improved body coordination
Riding a horse requires good hand to eye coordination. Getting on a horse is a challenge in itself as one has worked all major muscles to mount the horse. Once the horse gets moving, your body must be in sync with the horse’s movements for a smoother ride.
Controlling this big animal requires quick thinking. A horse could go berserk when provoked or threatened, for example, by a snake. Even without the horse going berserk, it still requires keeping the wits to control a galloping horse.
Staying balanced on a horse requires the core muscles to work extra hard. Regular riding strengthens these muscles such that you are able to handle other day to day activities better and maintain a healthy posture.
Riding on a horse awakens body awareness. This is unlike riding in a car for example, where there is little body awareness because of the feeling of being enveloped. Riding a horse at full gallop, unconsciously works the major core, leg and arm muscles as you try to stay in the saddle.
Better muscle tone
Staying on a horse places a higher demand on the pelvic and inner thigh muscles. This is more so for jockeys who ride in a squatting position. Keeping an upright posture works out body and hand muscles. This makes them more toned and flexible.
If you are a horse owner and take charge of caring for the horse yourself, you will be spending a good amount of time in the stable shifting hay, cleaning, feeding, watering and other tasks to keep the stables clean and the horse in good condition. This is wholesome exercise that will improve the overall condition of your body.
Controlling a horse requires reading the horse’s moods. Indeed, equine therapy is used to treat mental troubles including addiction. There is also the feeling of being content in the world as you and your horse tackle the terrain.