Horse riding is the ideal sport for people who love animals and want to be in contact with nature. Among the large number of sport disciplines available, equitation is the only one that creates a bond between a person and an animal, which brings us many advantages. Below, we will look at the benefits of horse riding in general, but specifically for women and children.
Women’s benefits of riding
First of all, celebrities such as Bella Hadid or Elsa Pataky are passionate about horse riding. And rightly so, because riding helps to strengthen the abdominal and pelvic muscles. It also activates the lower leg muscles, such as the hamstrings and quadriceps, toning them up.
In addition, for women who spend long hours in front of the computer, and whose posture has been affected by teleworking, horse riding can help them correct bad posture, as well as work on their coordination and balance.
Although horse riding may appear to be a sedentary discipline, it actually requires the use of many of the body’s muscles, thus favouring physical activity.
Similarly, by practicing this sport, we will begin to feel a greater energy burn. Therefore, by keeping up the practice of horse riding on a regular basis, we will be strengthening our heart, and thus our cardiovascular health.
On the other hand, if you need to practice a sport that brings you closer to nature to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life, equestrian practice is more than perfect. It provides relaxation and a great feeling of well-being that helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
Children’s benefits of riding
First and foremost, horse riding allows children to develop a sense of respect and responsibility for animals. These values favour their personal growth, thanks to the bond which is developed during the equestrian practice.
Highlighting other important points regarding to the children’s emotional side, horse riding helps them to improve their memory, patience, attention and balance. It also allows them to let go of their fears, frustrations, to handle problems from a better perspective and to have more confidence in themselves.
Many psychotherapists recommend this practice especially when children have problems managing their emotions and suffer from phobias. Children who have social difficulties may find riding very rewarding, as riding a horse is the ideal tool to easily get to know other people and socialize in a playful atmosphere.
In terms of physical benefits, there is a great improvement in the children’s musculature, as well as in the strength of their joints and their mobility in general. It also improves their motor coordination and their spatial reasoning.
So, at Equspaddock we invite you to practice this sport that can bring multiple benefits for your whole family. On our website you will find all the necessary equipment to enjoy this sport.