What is the attraction between young girls and horses? Could it be that horses represent freedom? Do they give us a way to have a relationship with an incredibly large and beautiful creature?
Horseback riding can benefit children physically, emotionally, and mentally. Who doesn’t want to give their child an activity that is both enjoyable and beneficial? To be able to see your child blossom with self-confidence is a gift for both parents and child. Riding is one sport that can take a horseback rider from childhood to adulthood. Along the way teaching them lessons they can use both in the ring and in life.
Physical development is one benefit of riding as a sport. Ballet, gymnastics, and many of the martial arts require coordination, good balance, and control of one’s body. Riding also requires each of these skills. Many muscle groups are developed in the riding of horses. A good riding lesson is an aerobic workout for both the horse and the rider. All of these physical benefits come from riding horses at all skill levels.
When we ride as a sport, we depend totally on another creature. Our horse is an equal partner in this relationship. To be a good partner one has to be kind, understanding, patient, and loving. These emotions are vital to horseback riding. Who doesn’t want these emotions to develop in our daughters? They are emotions that will make them compassionate adults. As our horse’s partner (the only one who can talk) we have an obligation to speak for them. Riding teaches one to be an advocate for those who need help. To give a young girl the skills to develop her voice and show her how to use it is priceless.
By learning to look after a horse your child learns to be responsible for another living thing. By learning to groom, feed, and care for a horse, young girls learn skills that will help them take care of themselves.
A barn is a place that has a certain structure. Your child will learn that a sense of order is necessary to accomplish our goals. The knowledge they gain from riding is one that can never be taken from them.
So give the gift of a lifetime. Your daughter will thank you for it.