Horse Riding supports SEMH pupils

There are many reasons why Horse Riding is an excellent activity for our pupils. They range from improving self-confidence and reducing anxiety to developing empathy and problem-solving skills. This activity offers many emotional and physical advantages.

As children learn to ride, they show improvements in balance and core strength. Better muscle strength further contributes to physical wellness. Additionally, Horse Riding requires co-ordination, which helps to build this skill in children.

Studies have shown that Horse Riding can improve children’s self-esteem. Children who participated in riding lessons reported feeling more emotionally resilient and less fearful.

Horse Riding helps children to learn about communicating with animals. Taking care of any animal involves significant responsibility so this helps in cultivating a sense of accountability and empathy for others. By learning to ride and care for horses, children gain new skills and a sense of mastery that further contributes to self-confidence.

Research has shown that this activity can help to build a healthy mindset, reduce stress, and improve mood. Interacting with horses contributes to lower cortisol levels, a stress-related hormone. The tactile and rhythmic nature of Horse Riding also has a therapeutic effect on the brain in releasing endorphins and promoting relaxation.

Research analysis suggests that the interactive nature of Horse Riding and the need to communicate with the horse can help children cultivate competence so it becomes a valuable tool for children to learn and practice essential socializing skills in a fun and engaging way.

Riding horses provides a unique therapeutic experience that helps children to regulate, both physically and emotionally.