Every parent knows that there may come a time when your child develops a love – maybe even an obsession! – for horses. As former horsey-kids ourselves, Gooromon Park’s instructors know first hand that a love of horses is for life.
What parents may not know, however, is that horse riding can have many benefits to their child’s growth, emotional intelligence, compassion and concentration. We’ve put together some of the key benefits horse riding can have, so you can see just how much your child can get out of this exciting sport!
Horse riding is…
Horses make wonderful buddies, and children are naturally attracted to them as companions, friends and partners in the sport. Isn’t it great to see your child having an amazing time without a TV screen or iPad involved? Riding is great for your child’s physical health, and is a fantastic way to get them outdoors and learning something new.
Handling, riding and caring for horses can develop a host of positive traits in children, including responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, confidence and self-discipline.
Full of health BENEFITS!
Horse riding is terrific exercise. People who think the horse does all the work have never really ridden – just ask anyone who wakes up the morning after a trail ride to discover all of the little muscles in their core and legs they didn’t know about! Riding is an anaerobic exercise, and can improve your child’s strength, balance, and flexibility.
And all of these benefits are nothing compared to the sheer joy that so many children get out of riding.
‘Over the years, I have seen so many children benefit from the relationships they have established with horses in their riding,’ says Danielle Ffrench, Gooromon Park Chief Instructor. ‘The sense of pride the kids feel when they achieve something with their horses enhances their confidence, and gives them reasons to stay on course’. I’ve seen first hand a child’s focus improve through riding – you can’t let your mind wander when you’re on a horse! Parents have been very proud to report how this concentration later shows up in their children’s school work.’
OKAY, but aren’t horses EXPENSIVE?
They don’t have to be. You don’t need to own a horse to involve your children with one. Riding regularly at a horse riding school, under the instruction of qualified coaches is a great way to enjoy the benefits of riding without having to take on the costs and full-time care of a horse. Our staff know first hand how wonderful riding has been for them – they love horses, and can’t wait to share their knowledge!
Start your horse riding journey today by booking in at Gooromon Park.
Introductory lessons are available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4pm, and all day Saturday.
Contact us today to secure a place on (02) 6230 2230.