Riding – Why is it good for you?
Mars Bar related weighting!
An hour’s riding burns about 120 calories at walking pace, 360 calories at trotting pace and 480 at galloping pace. Although it may seem that the horse is receiving all the exercise, this equates to the calories lost in a 30-minute jog or cycle ride carried out at a similar speed.
Less Strain on your joints (although that first turn round the gallops can have you wondering if this fact is true!)
The position taken when riding a horse works muscles in the dorsal and abdominal region that are seldom used in everyday life. It provides steady exercise without straining the knee and ankle joints.
Zen for the mind (well …. unless its a frosty day and your horse has just been clipped)
Riding is further recognised as possessing excellent therapeutic and stress relieving qualities due to the relationship developed between rider and horse.
…and last bite sized bit….Equestrian sports are enjoyed by people of all ages, as shown by German rider Reiner Klimke who won six Olympic gold medals between 1964 and 1988. Which is all very well but creaky joints is not a euphemism; having said that perhaps we all feel we would like one of those walkways you get in airports to go up and down from the field on occasions.