Many seniors of today are no longer content to just spend their time sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch. They are still full of energy and zest and want to do many of the things they did when they were younger. Some even want to try new adventures that include a sport like horse riding. At the same time, there are others that feel that this type of activity is not fitting for this age group.
Should A Senior Consider This?
If a senior can answer yes to a few simple questions like these then should not be any reason for them not to enjoy this activity.
- Does the senior have the time to commit to this activity?
- Is the individual in generally good health?
- Is there access to a well-trained horse in horse riding?
- Can the senior afford the costs that come with this?
The first thing the senior needs to do is to check out the resources in their area that will allow them to horse ride in a safe manner. There are many stables that house a collection of horses that are used for horse riding for people with disabilities. These horses are well trained and have a patient and docile temperament. This is the type of horse that would be ideal for the riding senior.
Anyone that is going to ride a horse needs to wear the right protective equipment and proper attire. This includes a riding helmet, proper riding boots and comfortable pants and a top that is non-restrictive.
Learning The Basics
There are some seniors who were experienced riders in their younger years. For them learning the basics of riding will just be a refresher. For those who have not ridden before they will need more extensive lessons. The objective for the riding senior is to just enjoy a nice trail ride and most will not be looking at getting into competitive riding, although there could be that option as well if the circumstances were right.
The Aches and Pains
Anyone that is learning to ride a horse for the first time will end up dealing with some aches and pains. This is partially due to the tension that exists when first learning how to mount and sit properly. These usually go away after a few days and once the proper skills are mastered.
Any senior that is thinking about taking up horse riding should clear this with their health care provider first. If given the go-ahead the senior will soon learn that there are many benefits to this new activity. Aside from giving them something to do it gives them a sense of accomplishment and some good exercise. It is also a way for them to socialize.