1. It sure got my attention when you said that horseback riding requires the use of muscles that we never knew existed and so it’s helpful in toning pelvic, thigh, and core muscles. I will definitely mention that to my sweet boyfriend, after all, it was his idea that we should try an outdoor adventure for once. I was thinking about how hotter he will become if his muscles were a bit more toner, and now, I realized how I can make that happen. Thank you! I’m excited!

    • Martina

      Hey Celestia,

      I would recommend you take a few dressage lessons if you really wanna discover muscles you never had! Haha – it takes a remarkable amount of strength and control, especially if you’re new, to control a horse’s gait appropriately. If you want an even bigger challenge for your boyfriend, ask for a slower, older horse that needs more leg to get up and going 🙂

      Best of luck!

      • Piper

        I was in my Health and P.E. class and we were studying our muscles and I found the exact muscle that was always sore when I hadn’t done lessons in a while, my adductors would always be sore and it hurt to walk.

        • Martina

          Hey Piper,


          Yeah it’ll be your adductors that are sore foresure – and you’ll feel that in your inner groin area. There’s actually quite a few muscles that are all in that area and that group is called the adductor. They’re the ones that help you squeeze around your horse’s belly, steer, push forward and generally keep your balance 🙂


  2. Ever since I was a little kid I have wanted to try horseback riding and I am thinking about getting myself riding lessons for my birthday! I am glad that I found this article because I had no idea there are so many physical benefits of horseback riding like the fact that it is great exercise! Plus, the fact that it would give me a chance to be outside and enjoy nature while getting fresh air would help my mental health as well.

    • Martina

      Hi Rosie,

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Honestly, it’s hard to put all the benefits into writing. Riding speaks for itself – once your on the horse, you understand so much better how good for you it can be both physically and mentally

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