For those who love horses, there’s no better feeling than heading to the stable for a ride. Children introduced to the fun of horseback riding find the sensation of being on top of such a large creature thrilling enough – but many other benefits unfold for them as well. Riding improves balance and coordination, increases core strength and builds muscle tone and flexibility. It may seem that the horse does all the work in this sport, but a great deal of physical training is required from the rider to become a skillful equestrian.
Along with mastering the techniques of riding, learning how to care for a horse is a fundamental part of good horsemanship – an aspect many kids enjoy just as much. There’s something special about the relationship that develops between horse and rider – an experience unlike many of the typical activities kids often pursue. And the confidence that comes from being able to control something so much larger and stronger than oneself is very powerful.
Horseback riding is an activity that can be enjoyed throughout a lifetime, for sport or pleasure. It is both challenging and relaxing at the same time, making it a great pursuit for kids and adults alike.
Hamilton County has an abundance of stables in our area, for a few to look into try our list below.
Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources
24970 Mt. Pleasant Road, Cicero
Agape cultivates personal growth by strengthening the mind, body and spirit through providing unique horse-facilitated experiences. We provide therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving, team building and group lessons.
Sport Horse, Inc.
18326 Spring Mill Rd, Westfield
Sport Horse, Inc. is proud to be home to one of only two USHJA Certified Trainers in the State of Indiana, offering beginner through advanced instruction for both adults and children. Our program encompasses the disciplines of Hunters & Jumpers with a strong Dressage base and the hands on approach of grooming and tacking a horse encourages and instills relational skills.
The Riding Academy at Select Show Horses
25109 Six Points Road, Sheridan
Select Show Horses specializes in saddle seat instruction for students 5 and up. Hunt seat and western available. Instructors are national-level show ring competitors. Located 10 minutes north of Westfield, we have a large indoor arena and climate-controlled viewing lounge. Riders also learn to groom, tack and care for their horses.
Other horseback riding opportunities in Hamilton County include:
Carmel Equestrian Center
Cherry Wood Stables
Janet Keesling Stables
J & J Equestrian Center
Penny Oaks Stables
Poplar Ridge Stables
Room to Ride
Swinging M Farm