How Horses Change Lives
If you’ve spent even just a little time around horses, then you already know that they are special animals. But the truth is, horses change our lives in countless ways. From teaching us important life lessons to providing a therapeutic outlet, horses can heal, transform, and strengthen us.
Here are just a few ways that horses change lives.
Riding Builds Your Confidence
One of the great benefits of riding horses is that it helps to build your confidence. You can’t ride horses and be timid, or the horse will quickly take charge. As you learn to ride different horses, you’ll discover that some horses require you to be strong and confident so they can draw that same confidence from you.
But there’s another way that riding builds your confidence, and that’s through the very act of getting onto a 1,200-pound animal and asking him to cooperate with you. Riding is an exercise in trust and determination, and every time that a horse makes a transition or turns in the direction that you’ve asked, you’re achieving a goal. Knowing that you’re a strong and talented rider creates confidence that can carry over into other areas of your life.
Horseback Riding Helps to Relieve Stress
Horseback riding is an excellent stress reliever. There’s nothing better than heading out on a nice trail ride and having a chance to sit back, relax, and take in nature. When you’re schooling a horse in a ring, you have to be completely focused on what you’re doing. This intense focus gives you a break from the worries of your life and is an excellent stress reliever. Plus, there’s just something about bonding with an animal that helps to soothe your nerves no matter how stressful your life away from the barn may be.
Life With Horses Gets You Fit
If you spend any amount of time riding or caring for horses, then you’ll quickly discover that the sport is deceptively physically intense. Spend a day hauling hay bales and carrying water buckets and you’ll know just what we mean – and that’s before you even step into the saddle.
Riding horses requires you to be fitter than you’d imagine. Horseback riders develop excellent core strength, since they have to keep themselves upright in the saddle, often counterbalancing the weight of a horse’s forehand. Riders also develop excellent leg strength and balance. Riding isn’t an activity where you get to just sit back and relax, especially not when you’re taking regular riding lessons.
The Many Ways Horses Change Lives
The above points are just the tip of the iceberg. Truth is, horses change lives in many more ways than what we’ve mentioned here. And that’s why we’ll be bringing you many more blogs on this subject in the future.
Share Your Story
Has your life been changed by a horse? Stable Mates will be writing a series of blogs about the many ways that horses have transformed people’s lives, and we’d love to hear and share your story. If you’d like to tell us about a special horse that changed your life, please email us [email protected] Please include a few photos (and even videos) of you and the horse, if possible, along with your name and contact information so we can get in touch.
Let’s spread the word about just how incredible and important horses are!
Article by Paige Cerulli, a lifelong equestrian who lives in Massachusetts with two Thoroughbred mares and a pony. Paige is a professional writer who specializes in the equine and pet industries. You can learn more about her on her website, PaigeCerulli.com.