Horseback riding, personally, I think it is the most fun one can ever hope to have, but at the same time there is the concern of injury. In addition to fun, horseback riding is a great outdoors activity and considered to be therapeutic. Just the thought of the outdoor activities and being out and about on the trails can boost a person’s spirits and act as a stress buster. There is a real sense of freedom and exhalation when you ride, a feeling that is second to none. By its very nature, horseback riding influences one’s personality and at the same time has a profound effect on the entire body.
After horseback riding for a short time, some individuals tend to acquire what is known as a horse’s gait which can help strengthen the pelvic bones and spine as well as improve posture, coordination and mobility. Although it can be a challenge, horseback riding can give an individual a great sense of control, increased self-esteem and accomplishment. One has only to look at the ability to control the horses among the Dartmouth Equestrian Team. This is something that has inspired much self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork among others over the years.
Whether the event is the horse Gran Prix, show jumping, dressage, cross-country or trotting along in the woods, the unique combination of the horse and its movement with the rider produces an extraordinary effort on all the systems of the body.
To conclude, horseback riding is a strenuous exercise but it is great form of exercise, which increases tolerance while stimulating the cardiovascular system as well as the entire body.