Horseback Riding Promotes Balance

7 Benefits of Horseback Riding

February 19, 20243 min read

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” - Winston Churchill


Horseback riding offers a multitude of benefits for children, including physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of their development. Taking regular lessons not only improves physical health and coordination but also teaches valuable life lessons, such as responsibility, empathy, and confidence. This blog post explores the numerous advantages of horseback riding for kids, demonstrating why it is a beneficial hobby or sport for kids.

With that said, here are 7 reasons why you should consider riding lessons for your youngsters today.

1 & 2 Improved Physical Health and Coordination

Firstly, horseback is a full-body workout that improves core strength, balance, and posture. Riding a horse requires the rider to engage multiple muscle groups to maintain balance and control the horse, promoting muscular development and coordination. It also increases cardiovascular fitness, it may not look like much, but riding a horse is as physically demanding as other moderate sports. It also enhances full body coordination.

3. Psychological Benefits

In addition to physical benefits, horseback riding offers profound psychological advantages. It instills a sense of responsibility in children, as they learn to care for and manage their equine partners. Tasks such as grooming, feeding, and preparing a horse for a ride teach children about the importance of routine and dedication. Moreover, horseback riding is an effective way to reduce stress and improve mental health. The connection with an animal, along with the outdoor activity, can significantly lower stress levels and promote a sense of well-being. This interaction with nature and animals helps children escape the pressures of daily life, offering a unique form of relaxation and mental clarity.

4 & 5. Emotional and Social Development

Horseback riding also plays a crucial role in children's emotional and social development. It builds confidence and self-esteem, as mastering new riding skills and developing a bond with a horse provides a sense of accomplishment. Overcoming challenges and fears associated with riding boosts children's confidence, teaching them that they are capable of facing and overcoming obstacles. Furthermore, the equestrian community offers a supportive environment for children to socialize and develop friendships. Participating in riding lessons, competitions, or simply sharing experiences with peers who have similar interests fosters a sense of belonging and improves social skills.

6 & 7. Empathy and Compassion

Another significant benefit of horseback riding is the development of empathy and compassion. Interacting with horses teaches children to be mindful and understanding of another being's feelings and needs. They learn to read subtle cues from the horse, such as body language and expressions, which enhances their ability to empathize and connect with others. This understanding of non-verbal communication is a valuable skill that extends beyond their interactions with horses, contributing to their overall emotional intelligence.


Horseback riding offers a unique combination of physical, psychological, and emotional benefits for children. It promotes physical health and coordination, reduces stress, fosters emotional and social development, and teaches valuable life lessons such as responsibility, confidence, empathy, and compassion. These benefits make horseback riding an enriching activity for kids, contributing to their holistic development and well-being. Encouraging children to engage in horseback riding not only provides them with a fun and challenging hobby but also equips them with skills and qualities that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Monique Myers - Faewood Equestrian

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Monique Myers

Monique Myers is one of the founders of Faewood Equestrian. Besides the running all aspects of the riding school, Monique is also an Equine Assisted Learning Coach.

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