Psychological Benefits of Horseback Riding

We all know a lot about physical benefits of horseback riding. It strengthens your abdominal, pelvic, thigh and back muscles as well as being a great cardio workout.

It’s a great workout because your whole body actually moves and does a workout while you are riding your horse.

Psychological Benefits of Horseback Riding

The benefits of horseback riding are not only limited to your body. There are also many psychological benefits of horseback riding.

Today I will discuss how horseback riding can benefit your psychological health.Psychological Benefits of Horseback Riding

Stress release

One of the biggest issues everyone faces in their life is stress.

It decreases the ability of your immune system and thus exposes you to a lot of psychological and physical disorders that we see today.

Learn About Therapeutic Riding

Riding is a very good exercise physically and psychologically. While riding, a chemical is released by your brain that gives you euphoric and elevated feelings and this chemical helps you release stress.

Riding is the best therapy that allows you to spend some beautiful moments with nature and enjoy the life. Horse riding is like an escape from the busy life.

Equine therapy includes interactions and riding of horses. It helps you reduce stress and it also promotes emotional strength. Therapists claim that even staying around a horse can help you feel better and decrease stress.

Quick thinking

The horseback riding can be very helpful for you because it increases your abilities of quick-thinking, alertness, problem-solving etc. Horse riding is a fun activity but it is not an easy task. The horse is a big and stronger animal, and even a little mistake can be very hurtful for you. This allows you to stay alert while riding and riders who ride regularly can develop this quality as a habit.


What do you usually think when you are riding your horse? Can you think that you will be making apple pie in the evening? I don’t think so. The only thing you can think of while riding is “The Horse”. Your complete concentration is on the horse and yourself because you know losing concentration can be harmful to you.

This phenomenon occurs naturally, you don’t force yourself to concentrate (unless you have severe psychological issues). This regular exercise of your mind can help you concentrate more on your studies, job and anything you like.

Human-animal Connection

Just like a dog that can sense the fear, a horse can sense your emotions. It can sense when you are angry, stressed or scared. You can build up a good psychological connection with your horse and you will feel that your horse will reflect back the energies, relief your stress and make you energetic. There are also many fun exercises that help you bond with your horse. To learn about these exercises, visit the following page:

3 Fun Horse Riding Exercises that Help Bonding


Riding a horse is a skill that a lot of people don’t have. If you have it, you must already be a little confident as compared to other people who don’t know how to ride a horse. Horses reflect the energies after you make a connection with them.

With a horse, you get a loyal friend. Just like a good human friend builds up your confidence by standing with you, your horse is always there to make you feel better, relaxed, and hence it improves your confidence.


When you make a commitment to adopt a horse, you take responsibility of taking care of your horse. You feed him daily, you take him out, and you spend time with him. And while riding, you take responsibility of all of your actions because you are the one controlling the horse. This is how you start your training of becoming more responsible and punctual (as you have to feed him on time).

Deal with fears

As I said earlier, riding is not an easy job and horse is a big animal. Taking care of such a big animal that can hurt you if you are not the right person is bravery. You deal with your fear while riding on a horse, fear of falling on the ground, fear of getting hurt, fear of making a mistake and fear of a big animal. You control a big animal and all the fears along with it.

These feelings help you when you are not with a horse when you are in school or when you are at the office and almost anywhere. You tackle the challenges with confidence as you are already used to it. You have already experienced fears while riding and now these fears are not new for you.

You cannot be a good horse rider unless you know how to control your fears. If you have a fear of falling on the ground, then this fear will control your mind. Even if you go for horse riding, you will not be able to enjoy it just because of the fear.

But once you know how to control this fear and use it as a strength, then you will be able to enjoy everything.


Horseback riding has many physical benefits attached to it. You do not only enjoy riding a horse but at the same time, it is also a great exercise. However, there are also many psychological benefits of horse riding that help to stay mentally fit.

Riding a horse helps you to reduce stress and improve concentration. It also helps you to build confidence and develop a bonding with your horse. In short, there are many great benefits of horseback riding and you should definitely do this if you want to stay active and healthy – both physically and mentally.

The most important part, along with all the above benefits is that you have fun.

You get a pet and a good friend. You build up a healthy relationship. You stay connected with nature. While you ride on tracks, you enjoy the riding, nature and everything around you. You experience a new aspect of life and you start loving things.

Take care of your horse and enjoy!

Here is a quick video on health benefits of horseback riding:

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8 thoughts on “Psychological Benefits of Horseback Riding”

  1. Reduced stress and improved concentration are two things I could definitely benefit from. It’s surprising that you can receive these benefits from horseback riding. Hopefully, I can make time in my schedule for this activity.

  2. I couldn’t agree more about the benefits of horse back riding and horses. They are extremely therapeutic and intuitive.
    Horses are a flight animal and it is so true that they will reflect back to you what you are feeling.
    I loved your article and thank you for sharing all of the benefits of horses.

  3. You are so right about the physical effects of riding a horse. I had a serious back problem which was cured by riding. It was something that really worried me and I thought I would not be able to ride because of it. The opposite was true. Riding was the best exercise for my back and 30+ years on my back is still strong.
    As for the phychological benefits from riding, this is manyfold in my opinion. Learning to ride at the age of nearly 40 years was a little daunting and I was scared stiff at first. As my education went on and I learnt about how to care for the animal as well as how to ride it, my confidence shot up.
    Learning to jump was another challenge but boy was I proud when I jumped a 3’6″ fence on a half suffolk punch horse. It was an amazing feeling.
    I don’t ride now, but I really miss it. Thanks for the memories!

    • Hey Ches, 

      This is so nice to hear! I also actually have back problems and have also found that riding strengthens my back rather than hurts it further. You do have to be a little bit more careful about falling and learning how to fall properly but the benefits far outweigh the risks in my opinion 🙂 

      I hope you get a chance to ride again sometimes soon! 



  4. My sister is thinking about taking horseback riding lessons so that she can eventually start horse racing and I am glad that I found this article because I had no idea that there are so many benefits. You make a great point that riding horses can provide a great stress release and can help my sister relax from school and work. Also, the fact that it will help her to bond and make a connection with the horse is something that my sister would definitely love.

    • Hey Rosie!

      Glad that it helped 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything that you’d like to see more of on our site
      Best of luck to your sister



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