With 2021 coming to an end and a new year just about to begin, you might be wondering what you can do to improve yourself in 2022. All too often, people give up on their New Year resolutions; it’s just easier to say it was too time-consuming, or difficult, or any other excuse you can think of.
But there is one hobby that you should definitely try. Not only does it get you outside, but it also provides the opportunity to exercise.
What is it?
Well, horse riding, of course!
It’s not as common as other resolutions, like going to the gym more often or limiting how much chocolate you eat, but horse riding offers a host of benefits. So, if you’ve ever thought about giving it a go, this is your sign to do so.
And if you need an extra push, here are five reasons why horse riding should be your new hobby.
1. You’ll Get to Meet Lots of New People
When you take up a hobby, it can be easy to stick to the same people and the same place. You might find yourself going to the same classes or the same riding academy every day, and your social circle might begin to shrink.
But horse riding offers a great way to meet lots of new people.
There are many clubs, riding academies and training centres that you can visit to improve your riding skills. You can also find riding events at riding stables, and there are lots of opportunities to meet new people.
2. You’ll Get Fitter
There’s a common misconception that horse riding is an easy hobby to get into, but it’s very much the opposite. You might think that you can simply ride around and enjoy the scenery, but you’ll find that it’s a lot more demanding than that.
Riding a horse is a full-body workout, and it’s also very cardiovascular. You’ll need to be fit and strong, and you’ll need to be able to ride for a long period of time.
But don’t worry; horse riding is a great way to keep fit, and it’s a lot more fun than going to the gym.
3. You’ll Learn New Skills
One of the best things about horse riding is that you’ll always learn something new. There are hundreds of different skills that you can learn. From the correct riding terms to proper care of the horses, you’ll know it all in no time.
It’s also one of the few hobbies where you’ll always be improving and learning; and it’s not just about the horse tack. You’ll get to learn about the rider’s equipment and the benefits of investing in the right clothing.
Sure, at the beginning it might be an expensive investment, but knowing why you need a proper riding helmet and boots will benefit you later. Using the correct equipment is essential for your safety and comfort. But you’ll also see all of the options you can get; leather chaps or neoprene, short or long crop, protective vests, and so much more.
4. You’ll Form a Strong Bond with Your Horse
Horse riding is a hobby that requires you to be around horses most of the time. When you’re learning, you’ll spend a lot of time with your instructor, but once you’ve learnt everything that you need to, you’ll spend a lot of time with your horse.
And it’s not just you that you’ll form a bond with. The relationship that you’ll form with your horse is something that you’ll never forget. It’s a unique bond, and it’s incredibly rewarding.
You’ll never forget the first time that you go out and ride your horse, and you’ll always remember the special bond that you form with your horse over the years.
5. You’ll Get to Experience Nature
For many people, horse riding is about more than just the activity itself. Sure, it’s a great way to exercise and to bond with your horse, but it’s also a great way to experience the countryside.
Horse riding takes you to places that you might not otherwise have the chance to visit. It’s a great way to explore your local area, or to visit new places.
And because you’re riding a horse, you’ll be able to experience nature in a whole new way. Whether it’s the sound of the wind in the trees or the way that your horse’s hooves strike the ground, you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty of nature in a whole new way.
To Sum Up
So, there you have it! These are just a few of the reasons why you should try horse riding this New Year.
It’s a great way to get fit, and it’s a great way to meet new people. It’s also a hobby that allows you to learn new skills and to form a unique bond with your horse. Plus, it’s a great way to experience nature.