“I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse” — Winston Churchill
“No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle” — Winston Churchill
Horseback riding is renowned for its benefits to your physical health, from strengthening your core abdominal area to improving your balance and co-ordination, not to mention providing a great cardio workout – but did you know there are also many psychological benefits?
Horseback riding can be a great stress relief, after all when you are out in nature, just you and your horse and nothing to think about but keeping your balance and guiding your horse, everything else can just melt away. Riding gets you into the fresh air and closer to nature. Our society spends so much time indoors these days. You should take every opportunity you can to get outside for some exercise and fresh air with one of our most beautiful animals.
Horseback riding takes you out of your own head and away from all of your worries and concerns as you have to focus on the here and now and concentrate on what your horse is doing and where you are going. Interacting with horses has been proven to help boost a feeling of well-being and spending time out in nature is one of the simplest ways to immediately feel better about life and the world around you as you can escape your busy life for a few hours.
There is nothing like loving a horse, except for knowing that the same horse loves you back. The human-animal bond is one of the best reasons to learn to ride. 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.
Anyone who has sat on the back of a horse knows that it is just plain fun. There is an adventurousness to it. It offers freedom, movement, and there is a total thrill with cantering up a trail, or just breathing in some fresh air and soaking in spectacular scenery.
Just being outside in the fresh air, concentrating solely on your horse for a couple of hours can take your mind out of a state of worry and into relaxation, giving your soul a breather for a while.
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