Health & Fitness
Horse riding can benefit everyone both physically and mentally. What a lot of people who start riding or return to riding find is that horse riding is a great workout, despite how relaxed it may look.
It is a great activity for your legs and arms as it helps build muscle tone and promotes muscle strength - it also burns a lot of calories. In fact, you can burn as many calories trotting on horse back as you can from a lunchtime workout at the gym.
One reason a lot of people enjoy horse riding is because it is a great way to relieve stress. Horse riding is a natural stimulator for the hormone serotonin, a natural mood enhancer, which can lead to a feeling of well being during and after exercise.
It has also been indicated by some people with long standing illnesses or disabilities that they have noticed an improvement in their physical or mental condition after taking up horse riding.
Besides the physical and mental benefits, horse riding is also a fun activity that allows you to socialise with people who share an interest in these amazing animals.
Take a look at the links below to find out more about how horse riding can benefit you.