Horses Teach Children What Is NOT Being Taught In Schools – Part 1

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Rocky Acres Horses – Townsend, Montana

I firmly believe that horses and riding are good for children – physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

Together, horses and instructors make riders.

Good horses and good instructors turn riders into horsemen and good human beings.

Riding is a physical activity, but it’s an activity unlike any other. Like track and field, gymnastics and diving, it improves fitness, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Like dancing, doubles tennis and pairs skating, riding requires physical skills and a partner, but in the case of riding, the partner is not just another individual, it’s another individual of a different species. Riding is a physical activity that requires skill, balance and coordination, plus intellectual and theoretical understanding — and then there’s the emotional component that has to exist, in order to build a genuine relationship that will develop into a true partnership.

What does riding do for children? It gets them up and active and out, in all kinds of weather, year-round. Once upon a time, this wasn’t anything out of the ordinary but nowadays, when so many schools are eliminating physical exercise from the curriculum, riding may be the only way for some children to tap into the benefits of physical activity and fitness.

For horses and for humans, physical activity is essential for good health. Restricted movement and confinement aren’t natural or healthy and neither horses nor humans can stay sane and sensible when deprived of movement, circulation and oxygen, to the brain. In terms of posture and breathing alone, riding makes an enormous difference that is noticeable, at school and at home.

Riding teaches children in a way that classroom lectures cannot. Through interacting with horses and watching good role models, riders learn much more than riding skills. They learn to be thoughtful and gentle, compassionate and empathetic. They learn to be patient. They also learn courage — and determination.

Riders learn to take responsibility for their own actions and for the consequences of those actions. This is essential training for school, college, a career and life as an adult and a parent and an all- around useful citizen. As they learn to look after horses, they also master any number of subjects that they aren’t offered in school. The value of exercise, conditioning and the importance of warm ups, cool-downs and proper nutrition are imperative. In these areas, schools are lacking.

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