There are some we never really thought of indulging in when we were smaller. This was because our parents didn’t really know the influence or significance of those activities in our life, or better still, on our health. Ignorance could be a very big barrier to progress.
Old folks were mostly keen on their children reading their books, thereby ignoring other activities such as swimming, riding a bicycle or a horse, playing with friends. All work and no play make kids’ lives dull. It is very important to go outside throw a football around, or just run freely. In this article, we are going to be looking into the benefits of another sport, which might not be easily accessible and affordable, but it surely compensates as an important tool for children development: horse riding.
Is it healthy for kids to indulge in horse riding?
Sometimes, most parents believe that activities like horse riding are dangerous to the health of their children. But this article will prove that belief wrong.
Here are a few reasons why horse riding is good for kids. Let us dive in!
- Long life
Childhood is meant for building and molding into adulthood. What you learn when you are small, you will never depart from it. Horse riding is a form of exercise and it keeps the body fit and healthy. Many people complain of their children being unnecessarily overweight at a very young age. This is mostly because they don’t exercise at all, they just sit all day. Don’t deprive your kid of the fun of exercising and experiencing nature. Horse riding is a great way to incentive him or her to go out more often.
Have you ever tried learning something? I am sure everyone at one point in life would have. When you eventually finish learning that particular thing, you gain confidence. That’s what horse riding gives kids, confidence! It is common, especially among teenagers, to suffer from crisis of low self-esteem and shyness. Horse riding has been proved to boost the confidence of kids and helping them to feel better about themselves, mainly because of the bond created with the animal.
When kids learn horse riding, they learn control because that is the only way you are going to make the horse move in the direction you need. The kids gain experience about life when trying to control the horse to their will. They learn what to do and what not to do in order to stay safe. Adults that gets scared easily can sometimes be as a result of their little involvement in sports like this. Controlling a horse helps you also to improve decision making.
Another important thing kids learn from horse riding is how to be responsible. When on a horse, besides having to gain confidence and control, you learn how to be responsible for the animal you are riding. It also teaches them how to be a leader in the nearest future and to have respect for animals and other living beings. Additionally, kids learn to cope with adversities. You can’t think because you are in control of the horse, it will do anything how you want. That is a life lesson.
- Brain improvement
Children involvement in sports helps develop the cognitive functions of the brain. They tend to be sharper, stronger and highly composed. According to research, horse riding triggers quickest reactions to kids, which will later help them to be able to do the same in other activities: like driving a car for example. Kids that indulge in sports like horse riding and the likes at a very tender age tend to grab things faster, which means they can then take those skills to other sports: like baseball, football, basketball or soccer.
- Character building and Skill Acquisition
As said earlier before, “childhood is meant for building and molding into adulthood.” When kids learn something, whether good or bad, it forms a mold, solidifies and becomes part of their life. According to a study, conducted by former riding director for Camp Jewell YMCA, Abby Bloxsom, horse riding helps to improve such traits as honesty, kindness and respect for themselves, for others and for nature. After engaging in this activity, expect your child to ask you more about horses and become more environmentally conscious.