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Gee Up on that horse!


Posted by Swati S.

Horse back riding is a difficult sport to start with, especially if you don't consider yourself the strong, sporty type. But if you take the time to learn the ropes, it can be a very rewarding experience. More than anything else, you will really enjoy the relationship shared with your horse. If you want to try horseback riding but feel nervous about it, try going through these quick tips. 1. Try not to feel nervous during riding, but if you do- relax. Tell yourself that it is a very natural thing and nothing to be ashamed about. You can also remind yourself that only 26 out of 100,000 falls result in a serious injury. So the chances of you getting hurt are actually very little. 2. Remember that the horse you are riding is a gentle, patient creature. You can even try to talk to it. It helps in relaxing both you and the horse. 3. If you have friends who are good horseback riders, request them to come along with you initially. It will make you feel more confident, and in the rare circumstance that something does go wrong, it always helps to have an expert at hand. 4. Set small achievable goals that can be reached- after all, you are probably doing this to have fun. So don't stress yourself out.
 
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I was wondering about this-are there any physical benefits for the person riding a horse? I imagine that there could be some positive effects for the thighs, as you have to use them to hold on tight to the horse.
It's been awhile since I've ridden a horse, but i definitely felt my ab muscles being more taut. I even put out a steady amount of tightness in muscle to be able to bounce in sync with the horse's steps.
I hadn't thought about that....how important my posture was when riding the horse for the sake of stability and control, and how that requires a strong core. Good point!
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