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Photo of Dakota Fanning horseback riding in Dreamer.
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Horseback Riding - Physical and Mental Benefits

You may think that riding a horse isn't that much different from going on a ride at an amusement park. You just jump on and the horse does all the work, right? Well, not quite. Horseback riding is a sport that has many great physical benefits for riders. Riding helps develop balance and coordination because the movements required to keep a horse steady require good body awareness. Horseback riding can also help strengthen the muscles in your legs, back, shoulders and abs. After a day of riding horses, most new riders will find their inner thigh and butt muscles actually become quite sore. As well, riding a horse helps stimulate the body's internal organs, which is why horseback riding is often used as therapeutic exercise for people in wheelchairs or with other disabilities.

Horseback Riding - Getting Started

If you'd like to take horseback riding lessons, check your phonebook for information on local horse clubs or ask someone at a local horse show. During the summer, many places also offer horseriding camps for those looking to become better riders. Whether you take lessons for a day or week, make sure your instructor is properly certified and always wear approved equipment including helmets, riding boots and stirrups. Horseriding accidents are rare but falling off a ride can be extremely painful - so ride safe.

Horseback Riding - Different Styles

Once you've learned to ride a horse, you way want to get involved in these other popular horse sports.

  • Show Jumping - Riders guide their horse through a course of obstacles including fences, walls and poles.
  • Horse Racing - If you're quite small and have a competitive spirit, you could have a future as a racehorse jockey.
  • Barrel Racing - This popular rodeo sport involves racing a horse around sets of barrels in a ring.
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awesomehorse300
I wish I knew how to ride a horse. I admire horses. If only i had one...... :/
commented: Mon Mar 17, 2014

monsoon2003

monsoon2003 wrote:

horse back riding is cool but you should be carefully
commented: Sat May 04, 2013

lizziehizziehatersrock
cool i ride since 2
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Do you have an old tire you could start off practicing with? It helps you align your hands. I find it kind of hard to explain, but there are lots of great resources out there online if you search for them. :) To do a cartwheel stand in a lunge with your favourite leg (by that I don't mean you look at it and say "that's a nice leg" but that you favor that leg when doing things, you feel comfortable with it going first), knees bent slightly, and your arms straight up by your ears. Make sure your elbows are locked. You don't want to drop. Assuming you start with your right, reach forward with your right arm while kicking your left leg up at the same time. Your left hand should follow very quickly and as it touches the ground your right leg should also be off of the ground. You should pass through the handstand briefly and your left leg should reach the ground first with your right following it and you will finish in a lunge just as you started. Hand, hand, foot, foot. 1,2,3,4. There's a rhythm to it. Keep practicing and try to perfect not kicking around as you go.
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Well I'm in 6th grade this year and next year in seventh grade I'm going to try out for cheerleading... The problem is I cant do a cartwheel or any of that! So I have to cram all of this stuff into just one year, all help is appreciated.
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