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Horseback Riding

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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spark15
spark15 posted in Xtreme Sports:
I have the same feeling man!
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spark15
spark15 posted in Xtreme Sports:
Feeling that sensation that give you power [s:sm3/1jw1]  
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ValenciaRose
ValenciaRose posted in Dance:
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GoddessAngel
"BeautifulBelle" wrote:Cheerleaders might just "hype up the team", but it still deserves to be called a sport. They're throwing each other in the air, performing possibly dangerous stunts, not even mentioning that they have to wear those skimpy outfits in freezing weather.  And also, my sister got a severe head injury and a sprained neck while doing a stunt. That's more injured than i've seen a basketball player get.
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Jeterfan14
"Solemn_Angel" wrote:Not always. For the most part, cheerleaders just hype up their team. If they do, it's just for fun. Theres actually a whole season dedicated for competitive cheer so your point is invalid
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