6 Things You Should Know About Horseback Riding
1. RIDING HORSES IS GOOD EXERCISE. It exercises both the rider and the horse. By riding you improve muscular strength, mainly in the legs. A study found that girls who regularly ride horses have much stronger quadriceps and hamstrings compared to girls who don’t ride. People may not believe this but horseback riding can help give you lots of core muscles because when you are riding, you have to work hard to stay straight and by doing that you gain more and more strength in your core. Also with different styles of riding you will gain different muscles in different places.
2. HORSEBACK RIDING IS A SPORT IN THE OLYMPICS. The Summer Olympics have had equestrians competing in every event since 1912. The types of riding that are at the Olympics are Dressage, Eventing, Jumping, and more. In each discipline, both individual and team medals are awarded. Men and women compete together on equal teams.
3. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENGLISH AND WESTERN SADDLE. The most obvious difference is the tack that the horses wear and even the rider has to dress differently depending on what type she is riding. The Western saddle is larger and quite a bit heavier than the English saddle. The main difference is that the English rider makes direct contact with the horse’s mouth via the reins. They use the reins as part of the “aids”, along with the legs and their seat, for speed and direction. Most Western riding horses are ridden with little or no contact. The rider will use his/her seat, and weight and neck-reining to give the horses aid.
4. LOVE AND THE HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND IS KEY. When the rider is with his/her horse having or creating and bond is so very special. It’s even better when you can feel the bond and that means that the horse feels it too. Having the bond is probably one of the best reasons to ride a horse. Horses are willing to become true partners with their riders. If treated with respect, kindness, and love, then the bond that develops is truly amazing and inspiring. Without a bond you (a rider) and the horse really won’t be happy with each other. You need to find a horse you can really bond with and have as your best friend.
5. HORSES CAN CHANGE A PERSON’S LIFE. Horseback riding can lead to so many different possibilities. Like maybe even getting a scholarship for the variety of types of riding you would like to do (Western, English, Dressage, etc). Maybe with that scholarship, you would get your diploma and be able to become a coach. With that you can teach other people to how to ride. You might even help them with a change in their lifestyle that they may not have known was even possible.
6. “FUN” IS ONE OF THE WORDS I WOULD USE TO EXPLAIN HORSEBACK RIDING. There is an adventurousness to it. Riding offers you freedom, movement, and makes you fall in love with the animal. The total thrill that comes when galloping across an open field, in tune with your mount, is that feeling of complete peace and freedom. When riding, some people say that it almost feels as if you are in a movie and you are riding off into the sunset. Just having the ability to ride and be outside with the horse and having the connection (that you as a rider was able to make) gives you a sense of achievement. Horses really can connect with a person and when you have that connection it makes life so much more fun.