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Horseback Riding Lessons For Kids: 3 Physical Benefits You May Not Think Of Pt. 1

By , January 7, 2016

Horseback Riding for Kids HoustonSome parents who might bring their kids to Circle Lake Ranch for horseback riding lessons seem unsure how their children can benefit from it.

In this article series, we aim to put this straight. We’ll highlight many of these benefits, and present the scientific proof of how beneficial horseback riding is.

Certainly, there are significant physical advantages when your child participates in horseback riding.

It is not just a question of mounting the saddle and letting the horse do the work! Instead, it’s clear that horseback riding does need the rider to work, and that this is exercise.

Until quite recently, scientific evidence of such benefits was scant. Several recent studies have established exactly what these physical, psychological and like skills benefits, are.

A recent report called “The health benefits of horse riding in the UK”, produced for The British Horse Society by the University of Brighton and the Equine Department of Plumpton College highlights the strengths of horseback riding.

The first thing the study established is that horseback riding is genuine exercise at a “moderate intensity”.

Associated activities that we get the children to participate in at Circle Lake Ranch such as mucking out expend a similar amount of energy. Even more is burned when regular periods of trotting are integrated into the riding program.

The importance of exercise for children is obvious to any parent, of course. But one particularly interesting conclusion drawn by the report may not be so obvious.

It states that “physical exercise affects overall well-being, not just physical health”. It goes on to define well-being as “a positive physical, social and mental state”.

This type of physical exercise improves them physically and psychologically in an all-embracing, holistic way.

The exercise that a horseback rider participates in is both cardiovascular (aerobic) and isometric.

It’s aerobic because the UK study shows a noticeable increase in heart rate and oxygen intake when on horseback. It’s isometric because it strengthens and tones specific muscles, those needed to stay on the horse.

So, what does this actually means for your child’s health?

We’ll highlight some of the many isometric benefits in part 2 of this article.

In aerobic terms, cardiovascular exercise reduces the risk of chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Some of these problems are a major concern for parents in this area. With just under 20% of Texas children between 10 and 17 clinically obese in 2014, it’s a major problem that must be overcome:

Obesity Chart

Science proves that obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart problems are linked. It follows that everyone – including the children – should take part in aerobic activities. Horseback riding is a great example!

And here’s the thing.

Horseback riding is exercise that doesn’t seem like it is! Compared to so many alternatives, horseback riding is more fun than ‘work’. It’s so much easier to convince them to do it in comparison to getting them to take up ‘real’ exercise’

Of course, there is only one way to test this theory out. Call Circle Lake Ranch, to discuss horseback riding opportunities for your child or fill out our pre-registration form today.

Horse Riding Lessons Teach The Next Generation To Be Responsible Citizens Suggests Katy Horseback Riding School Owner…

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By , January 19, 2012

As explained by the owner and President of the Circle Lake Ranch, Inc. horseback riding school, Dr. Layne Spitzenberger, there are many things to be gained from horse riding lessons that may not be immediately apparent.

Dr. Spitzenberger suggests that “Most students that attend the Circle Lake Ranch riding stables understand that horse riding lessons have benefits such as being out in the fresh air and getting closer to nature, but there is far more to it than this.”

Expanding on the subject further, Dr. Spitzenberger continues; “For starters, horseback riding lessons are a fantastic stress breaker! No matter how difficult or tough life seems to be, being on horseback makes the stresses and strains of everyday life disappear.”

“In addition, horse riding is great cardiovascular exercise too. Although it may not be so obvious because it appears that your mount is doing most of the work, the rider also enjoys a very thorough work out when taking horse riding lessons.”

Dr. Spitzenberger – who is a widely recognized horse riding expert and world champion equestrian herself – also suggests that there is one additional benefit that is especially important for and relevant to youngsters.

“At the Circle Lake Ranch stables, we firmly believe that an integral element of our horse riding lessons programs is teaching the rider to look after and care for their horse properly. If anything, this has become an increasingly important part of what we teach our horse riding students as life seems to present decreasing opportunities to interact with animals and nature nowadays.”

“We find that for many youngsters who come for horse riding lessons the very first time, the idea of taking responsibility for the horse they are riding is quite alien. It’s something that they quickly pick up, this idea that the horse relies on them and expects them to be in control, but it’s still a concept that many find a bit challenging at first.”

“Of course, for many of our younger students, the horse riding lessons they take here represent the very first time they’ve ever been in charge of anything, so it’s quite an eye opener for them. Fortunately, they usually take to it like a duck to water and it’s great to watch students develop a real sense of responsibility as they do so.”

Clearly, anything that helps teach people – young or not quite so young – to have a greater sense of responsibility is to be welcomed, and as Dr. Spitzenberger makes clear, horse riding lessons provide a very positive reinforcement in this respect. To learn more about the benefits of horse riding lessons, contact Dr. Spitzenberger at Circle Lake Ranch today.