Riding offers so much more than equestrian know-how. Here’s why horses can be a life-enhancing choice for your child. “Riding and showing teaches youngsters to prepare, and to muster the courage to compete,” “They learn to take the risks, enjoy the rewards, and deal with the disappointments.”
If you’re an equestrian, you already know how beneficial horses are for children. If you’re not, you may be surprised to learn just how constructive horse involvement can be. Here’s a quick rundown of what “growing up with horses” can mean for your child:
Horses make wonderful childhood companions. Children are naturally attracted to them, and that makes horses a desirable alternative to TV-watching, Internet-surfing, or just “hanging out.” Horseback riding also puts children in touch with nature, and can be enjoyed alone or in groups.
When the whole family gets involved, the time spent together with horses can enhance the bond among family members and become the stuff of treasured childhood memories. Moreover, the benefits of horse involvement are enduring, as a child’s horse love can evolve into a rewarding lifelong hobby.
Handling, riding, and caring for a horse or pony can develop a host of positive traits in a child, including responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, and self-discipline.
~The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
HELEN KELLER – (Author of The Story of My Life)