The Physical Benefits
Believe it or not, horse riding strengthens and tones the abdominal, back, and pelvic muscles. That means that you’re not only on your way to a good ride, you’re also en route to a six pack!
Grooming horses and doing stable work like lifting saddles and forking bales of hay is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and body toning.
The body movement while horse riding has a huge similarity to the human gait thus, it helps riders with physical disabilities improve in different aspects such as flexibility, balance, and muscle strength
The Psychological Benefits
Horses are known for their gentleness and ability to perceive human emotion. It’s been widely known that horse riding can help children with autism gain confidence and relax people with bipolar disorders.
On horseback, one connects with the animal and experiences peace of mind. Not only is it known to relieve stress, it’s also known to lower blood pressure and tone down symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The number of children and adults with various physical and psychological disabilities who turn to horse riding as a form of therapy has skyrocketed within the past years.