“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet”
And don’t those perfect companions include horses? Majestic, smooth and perfect in their stride they never have left our side from the beginning of human life. Being the daughter of a veterinarian who specializes in horses, I too have fallen in love with this sport that is not very popular among all- Horse Riding.
Horse Riding was once a sport known for those who spent their lives in war- noble, risky and meant for the brave. However, now we belong to a country where equestrian sports have become part of the culture. By definition- Equestrian Sports are sports that use horses as a main part of the sport. This usually takes the form of the rider being on the horse’s back, or the horses pulling some sort of horse-drawn vehicle. But this definition doesn’t include the adrenaline coursing through your blood when you canter nor does it include the smoothness of the horse when it trots, and surprisingly, it doesn’t include the number of health benefits it offers to achieve eternal mental and physical peace.
Physical benefits include developing of balance, coordination and motor function. Not to forget strengthening of muscles, reflex acceleration, prevention of muscle cramps, increased joint mobility and even boosting the cardiovascular system among other benefits!
But what astounds you the most is the mental peace achieved by the improved visual perception of space, the development of responsibility, patience and self-discipline which in turn increases self-confidence.
Horse riding for me isn’t just a sport- it’s a challenge. Every class it’s a new challenge- to stay on the horse and to develop a bond strong enough to function together, to learn more about horses and to never forget that they too are part of my life now. I never wish to forget the wind brushing through my hair when I’m cantering through the field nor the rhythmic rising and siting of my upper body when I’m trotting!
At first, when you ride the horse you may feel intimidated by the size of the animal and how to steer and control it. But soon, you’ll learn that it’s not controlling but it’s being part of the horse as it speeds and reaches the finishing line. Have you ever felt that you need someone to be next to you but at the same time you don’t want to talk to anyone? Horses provide that support- and riding helps in melting away your worries and sorrows and helps you to stay happy within yourself. A quiet friend who is without judgement and a companion that provides you solitude- what more can you wish for?
Forever, until my last breath- I wish to remain bonded with horses and riding.
Farheen Kooliyattayil (X-D)