Nurturing your soul by working with horses

By: proctor - March 26, 2008
"Have you ever thought of having a horse as a fitness partner? Granted, you wouldn’t be able to keep up if the two of you took up jogging. But horses are great companions on the road to health and wellness." ...so starts an article on greenmaplewellness.com. Just click here to read it.
Willy Nelson offers this profound observation: "When horse accepted man onto his back and chose to carry his burdens, it changed the world....Humanity owes an incalculable debt to the horse."

Thanks to one of FitLink's members for bringing this article to our atttention. She mentioned the following: Horseback riding (particularly without a saddle) is a great way to strengthen not only many of the major muscle groups in the leg, but it also improves balance and coordination, and is remarkably good for core-strengthening. Many people also believe there are emotional and cognitive benefits inherent in working with horses as well.

Enjoy the article (and, hopefully, your next ride on horseback)!

About the Submitter


I have been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2000 who has trained over 3000 hours. I specialize in pre- and post-natal fitness, stretching, running, and weight loss. Yoga is also a passion for me and a way of life. I received my Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification in India and love to share the calmness, strength, and openness that yoga offers to people of all ages and abilities.

Public Comments

  • By: ameliab

    Monday, April 14, 2008 - 12:42am

    I am a personal trainer and also a horse nut- I participate in eventing. I once took my horse for 3 laps around the park while rollerblading on the track next to him and holding his reins! I find riding deeply therapeutic and a great workout too!

  • By: annbarr

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 1:09am

    Many horse ranches and stables will allow you to trade riding time for working for a few hours to care for the animals.

    The happiest time in my life was when I volunteered at an AQH ranch in Texas, and could lose myself for a while with the horses...

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