Dec 04 , 2019
Do you own a horse? Have you considered buying a horse or taking lessons? Here are some great benefits of riding and caring for horses!
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Physical And Mental Exercise
Horseback riding is arguably one of the best forms of exercise. It improves balance, coordination, muscle tone, flexibility, and overall core strength. At speed, it is a great cardiovascular workout. Riding is mental exercise, too, as it requires a great deal of concentration and awareness.
Even when you're not riding, chances are you're still getting exercise around the barn. Caring for a horse includes some heavy lifting. Stalls need to be picked, flakes of hay need to be distributed, water buckets need to be cleaned and filled, and feed bags don't unload themselves! Barn work requires lots of time on your feet and significant heavy lifting.
Emotional Balance, Reduced Stress, And Improved Mood
There's simply nothing like the feeling of sitting on a horse in the fresh air. It is calming and peaceful in a way that nothing else can match. The bond between human and horse often gives people a sense of purpose in life. Working with horses requires patience and a good attitude. It is a great way to relax and take some stress off.
Riding requires a great deal of mental concentration, especially when showing or competing. You're constantly looking where you are going, remembering courses, paying attention to your surroundings, listening to your horse, and obeying your trainer's commands.
Confidence And Self-Esteem
The connection a human can make with a horse is an incredibly special one. As a prey animal, they are selective about who they trust. To earn that trust is an accomplishment that requires a great deal of patience at times. It is well worth the effort, and is a great self-esteem booster. And learning to control a 1200lb animal with just your legs and fingers does wonders for your confidence!
If you have a barn family, you have friends for life! Being around people who share the love of horses if good for the soul. Kids and adults alike can have a strong sense of community.
As with other sports, horseback riding can teach kids how to be part of a team. You'll want to work alongside your barn family just as they'll do the same for you. In competitions, kids learn how to be graceful when they don't win the blue ribbon, and how to congratulate those who do.
Teaches Responsibility, Time Management, And The Value Of Money
Horses require a great deal of care, from daily feeding and exercising, to less frequent shoeing or trimming, teeth floating, and vaccinations. Daily care takes time. It is not uncommon to spend 2-3 hours a day, 3-6 times a week at the barn taking care of your horse. Sometimes more if you have a sick horse or barn work to do. Owning a horse also takes money, and not a small amount of it. Horses can cost upwards of $3000 per horse per year, which is about the same as a car payment! The original purchase price is nothing compared to maintenance costs like feed, vet, farrier, tack, riding attire, supplies, barn upkeep or boarding, lessons, and inevitable unexpected costs. Horses never get sick at convenient times!
We hope you've enjoyed reading about the benefits of horse ownership. If you have more, please share with us on social media! And remember, always wear a helmet!