Health Benefits of Horse Riding That You Did Not Know - HYDERABAD POLO AND RIDING CLUB

18 March 2016

Health Benefits of Horse Riding That You Did Not Know

Horse riding is an enjoyable hobby and sport for adults and children alike. Learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself can have a profound affect on your confidence and is a great feeling. Riding is a great way to get out and see the surrounding, bringing the rider closer to nature. Simply being outdoors and enjoying your time will boost your general wellbeing and act as a great stress buster. There is a real sense of exhalation and freedom when you ride, a feeling that is second to none.

To the casual observer it may look like all the rider has to do is just sit there. The horse does all the work, well anyone who has ridden a horse will know how wrong that is. There is far more to riding a horse than one might expect. The benefits of horse riding are immense enjoyment, physically and mental fitness.

Physical

Horse riding develops balance and improve coordination and motor function. Other advantages include strengthening of muscles, reflex acceleration, prevention of muscle cramps, increased joint mobility, boosting the cardiovascular system , improving blood circulation, stimulation of sensory integration, improved visual perception of space, the development of responsibility, patience and self-discipline, increasing self-confidence

Riding a horse at a walk stimulates the internal organs just as walking on foot does. This aids in liver function and digestion. You will be burning calories at the rate of 5 calories per minute for a 10 ½ stone woman. Increasing the speed and ride duration will increase the intensity of your work out and burn more calories

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Mental

At first you may feel that just learning to stay on and steer the horse is a challenge. When that becomes easy many more learning opportunities come forward. As you progress with riding and horse ownership you will always have questions and problems. Even the most experienced equestrian would admit that there is always something new to learn. Research has shown that lifelong learning may prevent memory loss. Just like your muscles your brain needs exercise to keep young and supple. Riding provides an active avenue for keeping your brain exercised. Riding can provide many opportunities for success. Whether you learn to raise the trot or receive high marks in dressage, you’ll feel good about what you are doing.

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Emotional

For many a horse is a connection with nature whether they ride in the arena or on a trail. Many people find companionship and solace while working with their horse. Although riding can present its frustrations and challenges, most people find it a relaxing pastime. The camaraderie of people who enjoy similar activities is also appealing. It’s fun to get together with friends for a lesson, trail rides or visiting local equestrian competitions.
If you crave solitude, horse riding can provide that as well. Many horse owners feel their horse is somewhat of a kindred spirit in tune with their own feelings and emotions; more so than any

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We all know that getting in shape requires commitment, but by taking up a sport that is also fun and mentally stimulating, you are benefiting from the best of both worlds. Horse riding is great exercise, terrific therapy and a wonderful stress reliever. Riding is much more fun than anything you can do at the gym and you also get the benefit of lots of fresh air.  At the Hyderabad Polo and Riding Club, Horse riding is taught and supervised by professional trainers who are not only passionate, but also are great mentors.

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