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5 Benefits of Horse Riding for Kids

I remember going to my mom’s house with my twins, wondering if they will be safe around her Labrador. But lets just say, that summer was all about ‘loving our happy family, a pet included.’ The dog took to them beautifully and they were just so responsible around it. So when it came to hobby classes for kids, their love for animals guided me straight to a Horse-Riding School. Why? Well the benefits of Horse riding for your kids, go beyond just physical exercise. Ride on to know more.

Well the benefits of Horse riding for your kids, go beyond1) Friends for life: Having a majestic animal like a horse as your best friend is a blessing. Horses are known to be loyal, friendly and obedient. So you are basically gifting your kids a wonderful bond for lifetime. When kids interact, care for and bond with an animal on a regular basis, they grow into more caring and empathetic individuals.

2) Lessons on Focus and Patience: The first thing that you learn on your way to becoming an equestrian is ‘Trotting’. Where you learn to observe and synchronise your movement to that of the horse’s. This is an activity that goes on for days, till your body rises and falls to the rhythm of your horse. 

One needs sheer perseverance and patience to see this through. When you see a six years old child, learning the body language of an animal and adapting to it, you start to respect the little geniuses. After a few classes, if your child starts listening to you without interrupting, blame it on his/her horse-friend.

3) Horse-riding creates leaders: Unlike video games, Horses don’t have a code you can break. And like books they don’t have a predictable story-line. Your child is learning to deal with and master a conversation with a living being who is 120kgs and more. He needs to think on his toes. There is no time to seek instructions and no replays. The kids learns to live in the moment, make a decision and take the responsibility for the same. He might fall and get up time and again, till he masters to be the reigning leader.

4) Aerobic activity keeps the kids healthy: Yes this is a calorie-burning physical activity that improves flexibility, co-ordination and balance. Remember your kid is guiding the horse, balancing on its back and using his own back muscles to be firm and effective.

5) Outdoor Playing: The best time to ride is really early morning or late evening, at least in a hot city like Gurgaon. This ensures your kids soak in ample sunlight and fresh air. And they are away from any kind of screens (Although I am all for screen-time for kids too) for a long time. And if the kids join a horse-riding club who knows, they might end up with new friends too.

 Horse movies and books : While we discuss the benefits of Horse riding, open up to a Horse world through movies and books and crafts. Here are our recommendations:

Movies:
Spirit
Black Beauty
Sea biscuit

Books:
The girl who loved wild horses
I love horses activity book
The True-or-False book of Horses  

Introduce your kids to life and all its challenges and pleasures with this one outdoor activity- Horse Riding. In case you are looking for more hobbies how about photography or DIY doll-house activity. Please let us know in the comment section if this article was helpful to you. 

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Charu Chhitwal

Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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