5 REASONS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD HORSE RIDING

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Guest posted by Nicky Ellis

Man has shared a bond with horses for many thousand years. In the ancient times, horses served in the armies of kings in the cavalry unit. They have also been used extensively for transportation of goods as well as people. Horses have also contributed to agriculture as well as construction. Today, in modern times, horses are used, in fact, specially bred for the purpose of sports and recreational activities. Research has proven that when it comes to animal therapy, horses are the best to help overcome physical challenges and mental health disorders.

A child’s mind is innocent, fearless and unbiased. Children don’t get scared of being around animals. On the contrary, it gives them a sense of adventure. They find it very easy to establish a bond with animals. While your child is still young, it would be the most opportune time to get them acquainted with animals besides pets. Horses are one such animal, who your child will absolutely love to meet. Horses are kind, gentle and very friendly animals.

In today’s times, where nearly everything is digital, and access to gadgets has become ever so easy, you will find most children glued to screens of their phones or tablet, computer or television. This is not only bad for their eyesight, but it also hampers their creativity. Moreover, due to the lack of physical activity, such children begin to lead a sedentary lifestyle, which causes a lot of physical health problems as well as childhood obesity. Teaching your child horseback riding has a lot of benefits. It is a great motivation for your child to spend time outdoors and get in some fresh air. When your child learns horseback riding, it has a great impact on the health, physical fitness and mental well-being of your child.

Mentioned below are the top five benefits of teaching your child horseback riding.

  1. Health Benefits
  2. Boosts scholastic performance
  3. Makes them confident
  4. Helps in shaping their personality
  5. Teaches them to be responsible and develops positive traits

1. Health Benefits

When kids spend time in the open and breathe in the fresh air of the outdoors, it has a positive effect on their memory as well as their creativity. Also, when kids are outdoors, they are exposed to the sun. This boosts their immunity. With stronger immunity, kids are able to easily fend off diseases such as flu and the common cold. Bringing kids in the outdoors has many benefits.Adding a sport such as horseback riding will multiply the benefits. While engaged in horseback riding, the inner thing muscles and the pelvic muscles are exercised, thereby enhancing their body balance skills. The core muscles get a good work out as well. Horseback riding helps in improving muscle tone and flexibility and also promotes the development of a good posture. Engaging in horseback riding is a good isometric exercise and helps burn plenty of calories and keeps childhood obesity away.

Apart from being a calorie burner and good work out for the body, horseback riding is a good exercise for the mind as well.When mounted on a horse, the rider needs to stay alert all the time. Thus, children learn to sharpen their focus. Their attention is centered on maintaining and adjusting their position so as to stay in rhythm with the movements of the horse to avoid falling off.

2. Boosts scholastic performance

It is proven through studies, that when mounted on a horse, the rider’s cognitive ability gets better. Research has also proven that while being ridden, horses give out certain vibrations. These vibrations help with the activation of the sympathetic nervous system in the rider’s brain. Therefore, when your child engages in horseback riding, they are highly likely to benefit with boosted memory power, improved learning ability, and enhanced problem-solving skills. These benefits gained from learning horseback riding, prepare them to do well in school as well as in other sports activities. Horseback riding teaches your child to remain focused on the task at hand. This focus then spills into the child’s academics as well and boosts their scholastic performance.

3. Makes them confident

Horses, though gentle, one cannot deny that it is a large animal. For a child, a horse can be more than twice their size. Which is why children can find it intimidating to be in the company of a horse. With careful training and wise guidance from the instructors, your child will begin to fee increasingly comfortable being around horses and riding them. Once your child has begun to ride a horse, you will definitely observe a remarkable increase in their confidence of having mounted a horse and ridden it. Learning a new skill such as horseback riding puts your child ahead of most of their peers. This is a great confidence booster as well.

4. Helps in shaping their personality

Children often engage in a healthy race competition with their peers when they are horseback riding. This helps them learn to accept winning and losing with equal grace. Children make friends with other kids outside their school peer group. Having a large friend circle helps your child learn different traits from each friend they make. A large friend circle also helps your child become confident.

5. Teaches them to be responsible and develops positive traits

Engaging in horseback riding helps your child not only learn the skill but also helps your child form a deep bond with the horse. Children learn how to keep the horse clean and healthy. They also learn how to feed the animal, groom it and care for it. This helps teach children the importance of being responsible. Children who grow up around animals develop a lot of positive traits such as being kind and sensitive towards others. They become more patient and learn how to treat others with respect.

Points you need to keep in mind when you plan to introduce young children to horse-riding

Type of horse to choose:

Engaging in horseback riding helps your child not only learn the skill but also helps your child form a deep bond with the horse. Children learn how to keep the horse clean and healthy. They also learn how to feed the animal, groom it and care for it. This helps teach children the importance of being responsible. Children who grow up around animals develop a lot of positive traits such as being kind and sensitive towards others. They become more patient and learn how to treat others with respect.

Child Safety

Even though most horse riding trainer horses are docile animals, you need to take care when your child is learning horse riding. Make sure that you buy the appropriate helmet, boots and riding pants for your kid. Before your child starts their training, check that the horse-riding school has a trained first-aid medic and a full first-aid kit. Though it is rare, accidents do happen.

Age of your child

The age when your child starts riding too is very important. Though there is no minimum age, depending on the size and maturity of your child, they can start riding but it is better that they start after the age of six. If you have a younger child then you can introduce them to horses via picture books.

CONCLUSIONS

As you have read above, horseback riding is extremely beneficial for your child. It is a great skill to learn, keeps children healthy and also helps in shaping their overall personality. Children get an opportunity to meet new people and also make a lot of new friends with a similar passion for horseback riding.

about the author

Nicky is a mom of three and an equine blogger. Nicky writes about horses and horse riding and is the founder of Horsesandfoals.com, a blog which is all about horses and horse riding. You can visit Nicky at her website www.Horsesandfoals.com

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