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The Benefits of Horse Riding for Young Riders​

At Eastside Riding Academy, we believe in the transformative power of horse riding, especially for younger riders aged 5 to 7 years. Beyond the sheer joy and excitement of this active sport, horse riding offers a multitude of benefits important for child development and well-being.


Physical and Emotional Well-being

Numerous studies have highlighted the significant health advantages of horse riding, not just for children, but for individuals of all ages. Engaging in this activity promotes physical fitness and emotional balance. Regular horse riding lessons enhance mood, reduce stress, and fosters a sense of well-being. The release of serotonin, the mood-enhancing hormone, during horse-related activities further amplifies these benefits.


Key Benefits for Young Riders

Even just 30 minutes of riding per week can produce remarkable results for young riders:

  • Improved Balance: Riding requires constant adjustments to maintain balance, thus enhancing coordination and stability.
  • Core Muscle Engagement: Riding engages and strengthens core muscles, providing a full-body workout that improves posture and overall fitness.
  • Confidence Building: Conquering the challenge of riding instills confidence and self-assurance in young riders.
  • Enhanced Mood: Spending time with horses positively impacts mental state and emotional well-being.
  • Empathy Development: Interacting with horses fosters empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • Sensory Integration: Riding promotes sensory processing and integration skills.
  • Continuous Learning: Horse riding offers endless opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Exercise and Mood Enhancement

Did you know that horse-related activities, such as grooming and stable work, qualify as moderate exercise? These activities not only promote physical fitness but also elevate mood and contribute to overall well-being.


Confidence Boosting

For young riders, riding a horse and mastering control over it represent significant achievements. This process builds resilience, determination, and self-confidence which are essential qualities for personal growth.


Core Strength and Fitness

  • Strengthening Core Muscles: Riding necessitates the use of core muscles for balance and stability, leading to improved posture and overall strength.
  • Calorie Burning: Horse-related tasks such as preparing feed and stables, and grooming contribute to calorie expenditure, making horse riding a holistic physical activity.
  • Competitive Engagement: Participation in competitions fosters dedication, friendship, and the pursuit of excellence.
  • Embracing Challenges: Horse riding constantly presents new challenges, promoting adaptability, problem-solving skills, and a growth mindset.

Join Our Junior Jockey Program

At Eastside Riding Academy, we’re dedicated to nurturing young riders and helping them unlock their full potential. Learning takes place in a safe and age appropriate program designed especially for this age group.

To learn more about our Junior Jockey program or to enroll, contact us at info@eastsideriding.com.au or visit our website here – Children’s Riding.

Join us on the journey of discovery, growth, and empowerment through horse riding!


Sources:
Occupational Therapy Australia: Importance of Core Strength in Children
Horse & Hound: Health Benefits of Horse Riding

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