Horse riding is a fun and interesting hobby, this we already know, but did you know there is more to horse riding than meets the eye. Not only a way to improve your physical fitness, horse riding can also hugely benefit your mental health. The team here at Lakefield Equestrian Centre take mental health very seriously and think good mental health should be a priority in all our lives. This is why we have put together the top five ways horse riding can improve your mental health:

1. Stress relief: One of the biggest benefits of horse riding is the potential to reduce stress. 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year  (2022) they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.  As you can see this is a huge problem affecting the vast majority of our population that needs to be addressed. However, regular horse riding can help to reduce your stress.  Not only does the physical activity help to reduce tension, but the time spent with the horse can be a great way to escape reality and focus on the present moment. The physical connection between horse and rider helps to create an environment of trust and understanding, allowing for a more relaxed atmosphere. 

2. Confidence boost: One of the biggest benefits of horse riding is the confidence boost it can provide. Not only does the regular physical activity help to boost self-esteem, but the bond and relationship that is formed between the horse and rider can also help to improve social anxiety and self-image. Furthermore, the responsibility of caring for a horse can help to develop a sense of pride and accomplishment.

3. Improved concentration: Horse riding can also help improve concentration. Focusing on the horse’s movements and attempting to keep them in balance can help to train the brain to be more aware of its surroundings and to better understand its environment. This allows for a less skittish and more honed way of thinking.

4. Inner calm: Horse riding can help to provide a sense of inner calm. As the rider is able to focus solely on the horse and their movements, they are able to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life, allowing them to find a sense of peace and relaxation.

5. Improved physical health: Lastly, horse riding can help to improve physical health. Regular physical activity can help to improve muscle strength, coordination, balance, and posture, as well as help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The links between good physical wellbeing and good mental health are well established scientifically and horse riding is a fun and exciting way to boost your weekly exercise. 

As you can see, horse riding can greatly improve your mental health. If you are looking for a new, exciting and beneficial  hobby in 2023 then horse riding may just be for you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Lakefield Equestrian Centre to find out more. We offer a range of lessons from individual to group to suit any budget and our friendly team can guide you through your new equestrian journey.