The Many Benefits of Horse Riding for Children

The Many Benefits of Horse Riding for Children

Horse riding for children is an activity that offers many benefits both physically and mentally. Not only does horse riding teach children patience, empathy and courage, but it also helps to build self-confidence and improve their physical health. Horse riding is a skill that will stay with them for life, and children can make new friends while getting the opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Horse riding is an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or experience.

Improved mental health
One of the greatest benefits of horse riding for children is the improved mental health that it brings. Through regular riding lessons, children are able to discover and develop patience, understanding and empathy for animals and other people. When at the horse riding stables or an equestrian centre, children learn the importance of forming strong bonds with their horses, understanding how to be kind to them and showing resilience even when things don’t go as planned. At Lavant Equestrian, we specialise in pony riding lessons for children aged four and up. We offer Woodland Walks for those under 4 years of age. Our experienced team will work with your child to help them improve their confidence and mental wellbeing while taking part in this activity.

Improved physical health
Horse riding is an excellent way to improve physical health in children. It burns a minimum of 400 calories per hour, which is the same as running or jogging. Horse riding also helps to strengthen and tone muscles, whilst improving suppleness and coordination. Children also improve their balance and stability when riding the ponies, it is also great for helping to develop core strength. By taking regular riding lessons for children, they can improve their overall physical health and fitness.

Coach with member achieving certificate and rosette

A skill for life
Riding horses is a skill that can last you a lifetime. Horse riding stables, equestrian centres and pony riding lessons are all great ways for children to learn this valuable life skill. Taking regular lessons is the best way to ensure you stay comfortable and confident in the saddle. At Lavant Equestrian we provide a safe, secure and fun environment for children to learn this life skill. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are here to support your child every step of the way as they progress in their horse riding journey. With regular practice, your child will soon be able to take on more challenging activities, improving their skills and technique through our level system.

Patience, empathy and courage
It is important for children to learn patience, empathy, and courage. Patience is key in horse riding, you need to be patient with yourself and your horse, understanding that you are learning new skills and they are getting to know you. Through this, the children also learn empathy – understanding the needs of the horse and being gentle with them. Courage is also a crucial part of horse riding, it takes bravery to get on a horse and trust that they will do as asked. Ours are well trained so the children can achieve their goals confidently. To reward their hard work and dedication, our members get hat silks for their helmets free of charge, as well as special pompoms as they move up the levels. They also are rewarded with a certificate and rosette for each level they move up.

Want to find out more?
We understand that learning to ride can be a daunting experience, so our instructors are friendly and knowledgeable and will guide you every step of the way. If you’re interested in finding out more about our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email or phone. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and book you in for an introductory ride. We offer group lessons six days a week – from after school to the weekend – so there’s sure to be something that fits your needs.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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