Horse Riding

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Horse riding is a great option for the animal lover who is also interested in sports. There is work both in training the animal and training your own muscle groups and balance. This sport can be as relaxing or exiting as you want.

The most basic form of horse riding involves going to a stable and choosing a horse to ride trails in the area. You will usually not be required to provide your own equipment, although you are often expected to clean the tack and rub down the horse after your ride. Each stable will have its own rules as to how fast you are allowed to ride and which trails you can take, but they will also often offer riding lessons to those who are new to the sport.

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If you are looking for a little more excitement with your horse riding, there are several options. Racing is popular but usually requires athletes with a small build. Equestrian competitions include challenging events like jumping and may be worth looking into. For the true thrill seeker, there are rodeos. In these old west themed events you may try roping steers from horseback, barrel racing, or even riding untamed broncos and holding o­n for as long as possible. Rodeo events can be considerably more dangerous than other horse riding experiences, however.

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Owning your own horse is expensive and a responsibility not to be taken lightly. The animal will need food, shelter, vaccines, medication, grooming, and regular trimming and care of the hooves. In addition, you will need to purchase your own tack, including saddle blankets, saddle, bridle, reins, and halters. If you are inexperienced, you may also need to hire someone to train the horse. Owning o­ne of these large animals can be very rewarding, but it should be viewed as a serious responsibility, not just a hobby.

Horse riding offers something for every level of skill and adventure seeking and is a good way to feel more in touch with nature while improving your balance and muscle tone.