Katy, Texas (PressExposure) January 19, 2012 -- As explained by the owner and President of the Circle Lake Ranch, Inc. horseback riding school, Dr. Layne Spitzenberger, there are many things to be gained from horse riding lessons that may not be immediately apparent.
Dr. Spitzenberger suggests that "Most students that attend the Circle Lake Ranch riding stables understand that horse riding lessons have benefits such as being out in the fresh air and getting closer to nature, but there is far more to it than this."
Expanding on the subject further, Dr. Spitzenberger continues; "For starters, horseback riding lessons are a fantastic stress breaker! No matter how difficult or tough life seems to be, being on horseback makes the stresses and strains of everyday life disappear."
"In addition, horse riding is great cardiovascular exercise too. Although it may not be so obvious because it appears that your mount is doing most of the work, the rider also enjoys a very thorough work out when taking horse riding lessons."
Dr. Spitzenberger - who is a widely recognized horse riding expert and world champion equestrian herself - also suggests that there is one additional benefit that is especially important for and relevant to youngsters.
"At the Circle Lake Ranch stables, we firmly believe that an integral element of our horse riding lessons programs is teaching the rider to look after and care for their horse properly. If anything, this has become an increasingly important part of what we teach our horse riding students as life seems to present decreasing opportunities to interact with animals and nature nowadays."
"We find that for many youngsters who come for horse riding lessons the very first time, the idea of taking responsibility for the horse they are riding is quite alien. It's something that they quickly pick up, this idea that the horse relies on them and expects them to be in control, but it's still a concept that many find a bit challenging at first."
"Of course, for many of our younger students, the horse riding lessons they take here represent the very first time they've ever been in charge of anything, so it's quite an eye opener for them. Fortunately, they usually take to it like a duck to water and it's great to watch students develop a real sense of responsibility as they do so."
Clearly, anything that helps teach people - young or not quite so young - to have a greater sense of responsibility is to be welcomed, and as Dr. Spitzenberger makes clear, horse riding lessons provide a very positive reinforcement in this respect. To learn more about the benefits of horse riding lessons, contact Dr. Spitzenberger at Circle Lake Ranch today.