Remember that time when you watched Indiana Jones ride a horse for his great adventures to unfold mysteries? To a casual observer of his acts, Horse Riding might seem like a simple activity, wherein the rider gets the horse to carry him with simple cinematic commands like “Heyya!”, but that barely begins to put Horseback Riding into perspective. There is much more to this sport, than what appears to naked eye.
The mental covenant between a man and horse is known to have first started in 3500 BC. This relationship held different importance at different stages – from food to war to travel to transportation. It is fascinating to speculate what course world history might have taken if not for horses. Without the horse to help free us from the struggle to feed ourselves by doing the heavy farm work like plowing and harvesting, we would have had much less time to devote to art and science. European and Asian societies could never have developed as fast as they did. Revolutions would have happened way later than it did and the ultimate clash of continents might have had an entirely different result.
While horses are no longer indispensable to most of our daily lives as they were 100 years ago, they remain very popular in our society as a sport and a diversion. There is no denying the tremendous aesthetic appeal of these magnificent creatures in motion which have captivated mankind for millennia.
We have tried elucidating on why everybody should definitely try Horse Riding at least once in their life. This is how this activity can affect various aspects of a human life:
Contrary to what it may look like, riding is more tiring for the rider than the horse. It helps the rider’s body-posture in shape and burns hundreds of calories. Apart from the extra cardio benefits, there are certain muscles in the body that are not exercised by any other sport except Horse Riding. In a more mainstream approach, muscles strengthen on their own after continual use of leg, abdominal, shoulder and back muscles.
2) Mental: Balance and coordination
Since, riding a horse is a lot about the coordination with the horse, it promotes a lot of mental learning. At first you may feel that just learning to stay on and steer the horse is a challenge. When that becomes easy, you will stumble on the harder aspects of handling a horse. Cantering or galloping and jumping, for example, are much more difficult than a simple jog or trot. It requires quick decisions to propel the horse forward. The rider starts developing coordination skills that are used to move the body with the horse in order to stay balanced.
Research has shown that lifelong learning may prevent memory loss. Just like your muscles, your brain needs exercise to keep young and supple. Riding provides an active avenue for keeping your brain exercised.
3) Emotional: Companionship
A horse is a living being and hence learning how to ride a horse can be challenging as well as tiring. But, it is as rewarding as it is tiring. A study suggested that more than 80% of rider claimed that horseback riding made them feel extremely cheerful, relaxed, happy, or active. It presents a feeling solace and companionship, and it induces care and affection, especially in kids. A horse teaches you to be caring. The horse isn’t just a tool you can ride on. He’s your partner. If you love him, he’ll love you back.
Since all of this account for the perfect workout, you know why you never see hefty horse riders. Also, if happiness is about physical, mental and emotional well being, you now know how to live a happy, healthy life.
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