Riding offers much more than equestrian know-how. Here's why horses can be a life-enhancing choice for your child.
When most Moms hear the words ‘Horse Riding’ they immediately think danger, broken bones, and few benefits!
New research suggests that sending your children horse-riding could make them more intelligent and perform better at school, scientists claim.
The Japanese study found that while on the saddle, vibrations made by the animal activate the part of the brain responsible- which known as the sympathetic nervous system- for learning and memory.
In the study, children were asked to complete simple response and mathematical tests directly before and after taking part in the activity, while their heart rates were also measured in response to the movements created by the horses.
The results published in Frontiers in Public Health found that riding on some horses greatly improved the ability of the children to perform behavioural tasks. However, they noted less of an effect on their results when solving mathematical problems.
'The movement of the horse's pelvis may provide motor and sensory inputs to the human body and in this study.’ Study author Professor Mitsuaki Ohta said.
He added: 'I believe some of the differences among the rider's performances might be due to these accelerations.’