Horse riding is a popular, competitive sport in the United States. It is estimated that 30 million people ride horses each year. We gathered some fun equestrian facts everyone should know right here!
1. There are Four Speeds
Horses run at four different speeds. They are walking, trotting, cantering, and then galloping. Most horses will gallop at 27 MPH. New riders will start slower, then work up to faster speeds as they feel comfortable.
2. Everyone Competes
In the Olympics, men and women compete together- equestrian is one of the only sports that doesn’t split people into gender divisions. It also has the best age diversity. You can find young people at the age of 18 competing against seniors in their 70s.
Overall, horse riding is the most diverse sport in the Olympics. If you are interested, be sure to check it out!
3. There are Health Benefits
Raising and riding horses can provide you with several different health benefits. Handling and bonding with horses can benefit mental health too. You will feel stress and enjoy comfort when caring for the horse.
Additionally, you get several physical benefits. Riding horses is excellent for your core. You will feel stronger and notice more defined muscles the more you ride. While depending, your brain also works hard to make different quick decisions, giving your brain a workout at the same time.
4. Most Love Riding
Most horses enjoy riding because they know it makes us happy. However, every horse is different. These are the signs of a happy and content horse:
- Swinging their tail
- Lowering their head
- Relaxed ears
As you spend more time with your horse, you will recognize how they are feeling easier. Horses can also tell how you are feeling and will respond. So, if you enjoy riding, the chances are that your horse loves it too!