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In this modern day and age, we tend to turn our backs on physical pursuits. Horse riding has many benefits: physical (core strength, balance, proprioception, suppleness/grace); mental (creating goals, problem solving, short and long term planning, snap decision making, alertness, multi-tasking); and -- above all else imho -- emotional (responsibility, emotional control, maturity, appreciation of beauty and moral rectitude....in short, chivalry).

While it's increasingly been seen as a non-sport for posh girls, riding used to be part of the standard curriculum for military officer (aka. men in leadership positions). It doesn't have to be incredibly expensive either (you don't need the fanciest horse nor even own one; the safety equipment needed really doesn't cost much more than many sporting uniforms at the bargain levels -- you can spend more if you want, but you don't need to, and if properly cared for will last 5+ years...I still wear the same stable boots I've had for 10 years, with daily wear, for example).

And does this look like something a sissy weakling could/would do? https://assets.eventingnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/27193941/townendOliverLRK19brinkman4-27x3-0043-1200x798.jpg

So please consider getting your kids into riding (see if they express an interest, of course, don't force it) -- especially your sons (I think boys are sadly lacking in the sport, and it has many benefits for their maturity). Find a good instructor (and if anyone comments, I'd love to share my thoughts on what constitutes a good instructor and the pitfalls therein), and have fun.

And that invitation is open to adults too -- you will have to cope with a more mature body which has the limitations of maturity, but that shouldn't stop you.

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