Horse owners always say that seeing and riding their horses keeps them calm. And it’s been proven. Spending time with animals raises the levels of serotonin in your brain which puts you in a better mood and can help relieve stress and anxiety. In the BHS report, 4 in every 5 people noticed a positive change to their mood after riding.
Horses have even been used as therapy for autistic children to help them learn to communicate. Riding and being with horses can help children to build an emotional bond with the horse, which helps them to improve their social skills with people. Other therapy centres use horses to help ex-soldiers get over Post traumatic stress disorder for example. So when you feel better after your ride, there’s a very good reason.
As flight animals, horses react at lightning speed. A spooky horse spinning round at the sight of a paper bag in the road certainly tests your stickability! And this control and coordination needed to control a horse, really quickens your reactions which is good for your health.