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Health Benefits - Horse Riding

Physical Health

  • Good for strength training as well as gentle to moderate aerobic workout.
  • Develops core muscles as well as legs, shoulders, hands and arms.
  • Improves balance and posture.

Mental Health

  • Galloping across the landscape is a superb way to refresh the mind and energise yourself.
  • Great for concentration and riding can give you a real sense of freedom and exhilaration.
  • Developing a relationship and a sense of trust between yourself and your horse is very fulfilling.
  • Learning to control and care for a horse that is much bigger than you can have a profound effect on confidence and self-esteem.

Rehab and Recovery

  • Always discuss any rehab or recovery plan with your health care provider.
  • Many activity providers offer opportunities for people with limited mobility to enjoy horse riding.
  • Horse riding can take you places you may never be able to reach on foot or by other means.
  • Some providers offer specialist therapeutic horse riding sessions


  • You can ride alone or in a group.
  • Learning to ride can be a great way to meet new people.
  • Your horse can be great company too.

Weight Management

  • An hour’s riding can burn up to 300 calories.

Healthy You

Pembrokeshire offers many ways of improving your health, from increasing stamina/strength, losing weight or improving your positive mental health and wellbeing.


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