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Horse riding

What is it?

Horse riding is a sport that anyone, regardless of age, ability or background, can get involved in. Whether you want to enjoy the countryside with friends on horseback, escape to the stables or enjoy tea and a gossip after a riding session at your local riding centre, horse riding provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little ‘me time’.

Why is it good for me?

Riding is an excellent way to exercise and improve your balance, co-ordination and flexibility. It strengthens your core body muscles, tones the stomach and provides a great cardiovascular workout. Did you know…

  • Horse riding is classed as a form of moderate intensity exercise
  • The tummy and back muscles stabilise the spine when horse riding; the activation of these muscles means better balance, posture and a more toned core on and off the horse
  • Horse riding improves your sense of wellbeing – it has antidepressant effects associated with a drop in stress hormones
  • You can burn as many calories trotting on horseback as you can by heading down to the gym for a workout

How much does it cost?

This varies depending on where you start to ride. The most important thing is to make sure you have the right safety equipment which your local riding school will provide, generally for no additional cost.

What equipment do I need?

The most important thing is safety and comfort!

Shoes – if you have riding boots then that’s great, if you don’t then there’s no need to worry – a pair of boots with a small heel will be ideal. Trainers and flat soled shoes aren’t suitable because they could allow your foot to slip through the stirrup and get caught up. Some riding centres may provide you with boots so check before you go.

Trousers – jodhpurs are optional! We would recommend wearing trousers without a seam if possible to avoid any discomfort.

Riding hats – hats should be provided by your riding centre and should be fitted by a qualified instructor before you mount the horse.