5 Reasons to Teach your Child Horseriding
The first time I sat on a horse I was scared to death. After a few rides, I wasn’t scared anymore rather I was enjoying the ride. Horsesare majestic creatures and once you get attached to them you will never let go of an opportunity to ride on a horse.
Horses are one of the noblest of creatures in the world. They express their mood using their eyes, ears, and nostrils. Horses get very attached to their rider and once they are attached they are best friends for life. They get lonely if you leave them alone. Once you befriend them, they will never forget you. Even if you meet them after ages, they will still remember you.
Introducing your children to the sport of horse ridingis one of the best things a parent can do. Once you introduce your child to a horse, they will be friends for life. Today, children spend most of their time indoors on their iPads and play stations. It is important for them to feel one with nature. Once they start taking the lessons on horse riding, they would learn so much about different values of discipline, commitment, friendship, and trust.
Horse riding can teach children to love and respect nature and other living beings. Horses are wonderful companions. Sitting on the horse for the first time may be intimidating for a child. Once they mount the horse and take a few gallops the fear will just vanish in the air. It is important to take admission in a good horse club with good trainers. A good trainer can make your child feel comfortable and slowly build the confidence required to start their horse riding journey. To learn horse riding, the rider must let go off their fear and gain confidence. They have to build a bond of friendship with the horse. Once the bond is developed, it’s a wonderful journey from there. While on the journey of learning, they will inculcate in them good qualities that they need to possess to be better human beings.
Some of the reasons why a child loves horses and horse riding are:
- Physical Activity –Riding a horse requires stability and control. Some may feel that the rider is just sitting on the back of the horse and enjoying the ride. Of course, the rider is enjoying the ride, however; it requires a lot of muscular strength on their legs. When a child mounts on a horse they require confidence and strength to keep them stable and once they are on the back of their horse, they need to give direction to the horse to move, to change the path or to stop. When the horse is running, they are erratic and unsymmetrical; it will take a lot of strength to be in control. A child will develop muscular strength on their legs and thighs to control the horse.
- Improves trust –Trust is an important lesson to learn from experience. A child may find it difficult to trust and place confidence in the horse on their first day of learning. However, as they continue to learn day after day, they will feel confident and trust the horse to keep them safe. A child completely places their trust in this magnificent creature and can just set their heart free while galloping away.
- Sense of ownership and bonding –While learning to ride a horse, they face different hurdles every time. As and when they start to befriend and learn about the horse and its mannerism they learn how to be a good friend and companion to the horse. The relationship they build with the horse ultimately will be a bond that will last. They will love and trust each other. When the love and trust get stronger, the horse and rider understand each other better and the ride becomes smoother. When the ride gets better and smoother it creates a rewarding feeling in the heart of the child. The happiness they get each time they ride a horse will be unexplainable.
- Sense of disciple: Horse riding will teach a child the importance of discipline. One cannot sit on a horse and throw tantrums and attitude. It will teach a child to be patient and pamper the horse. It will teach them to be disciplined and care about the horse they are riding. A child will turn out to be more caring and loving towards their horse and learn the values of being on time for their lessons, wearing the rider’s uniform and taking care of their health.
- Inculcates values:There are so many values that a child will learn while learning horse riding. It will bring them closer to nature. It will inculcate in them a sense of achievement and makes them good leaders as they will be learning how to tame and command a magnificent animal. They will also indulge in learning about the hygiene of the horse, caring for the horse’s health and in turn value their own health. It is important for a child to be healthy to be on the field every day to get on the back of the horse. Once they start loving the horse riding lessons, they will feel encouraged and inspired to keep their own selves healthy and strong. The clubs that teach horse riding will have a lot of children with the same passion. The children will learn how to interact with each other and share their passion. They will also learn about interacting with the horses and how to tame them.
Staying indoors on the iPad and play stations will make a child unhealthy and obese. All children should be encouraged to be an outdoor person and what better way than introducing them to horse riding. All these qualities that they learn with this sport will make them better individuals and bring out the best in themselves.