CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Reasons to make horse riding your New Years’ Resolution

PUBLISHED: 12:10 31 December 2015

Horse riding has multiple benefits

Horse riding has multiple benefits

(c) Jupiterimages

With health, social and psychological benefits, horse riding could be the new year resolution that ticks all the boxes. The British Horse Society gives a guide to getting in the saddle

Whether it’s to eat better, exercise more or simply get better organised. it’s no secret that despite all best intentions most people will have given up on their new year resolutions before the end of January.

A key to continuing beyond a few weeks is to make your resolution something you enjoy and something you are likely to achieve.

If you have often thought about learning to ride a horse but just haven’t got round to it or feel you’ve left it too late, this could be the perfect opportunity to get in the saddle.

Horse riding is a rewarding and exciting activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. By finding your nearest British Horse Society approved riding school, you can start learning straight away. It doesn’t matter if you have no riding experience, our approved instructors will be patient and willing to help you to reach the level you want. And if you have ridden before but haven’t done so in recent years, then the opportunity is there to get back in the saddle for 2016.

Health & wellbeing

Horse riding for just 30 minutes twice a week can make a big difference to health as riding and the activities associated with it, such as mucking out, expend enough energy to be classed as moderate intensity exercise. The benefits extend beyond health too, to social and psychological wellbeing thanks to being part of a community, while caring for and interacting with horses brings immense satisfaction and pleasure.

You don’t have to ride with the intention of competing. Many riders are very happy hackers (there is something wonderful about riding out in the countryside on a crisp winter morning).

There are many opportunities open to you when you learn to ride – so get in touch with your local BHS-approved centre and see where riding takes you. To find our where your nearest one is, contact the approvals team on 02476 840509 or visit

To discover more about the health benefits of riding, there is a free downloadable document on the BHS website.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Wed, 18:38

Make the most out of autumn with these eight walking routes that take in a variety of Hertfordshire’s terrains and - most importantly – have a cosy pub along the way

Read more
Tue, 11:05

We've selected a variety of spooky activities in the county that are sure to delight the kids

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to a festive fair. From German-style food stalls to vintage fetes, Hertfordshire’s Christmas markets have it all

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

We quiz author Kevin Exley about his new book that takes the reader on the trail of fascinating stories, new and old, around Berkhamsted

Read more
October 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Hussey explores the fascinating world of bats and new projects in the county to help conserve these remarkable creatures

Read more
October 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species is asking the public to look out for mammals on Hertfordshire’s roads as part of a citizen science project

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

From stately homes to skateparks, we have selected some of the best ideas for things to do in Hertfordshire

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The diverse parkland of Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth is undergoing a five-year plan to promote its heritage and enhance its habitats. It makes for a royal day out

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

From Aldbury to Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire has a plethora of pretty villages. We have picked just 10 that you should visit

Read more
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Liz Hamilton of Herts Campaign to Protect Rural England explores the rich countryside of novelist E M Forster near Stevenage

Read more
September 2018

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search