Horse riding ‘good for health’

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Equine insurance customers could be advised to get on their steed more often upon learning that recent research has suggested that horse riding is very good for your health.

The study, conducted by the University of Brighton in partnership with Plumpton College found that horse riding and its associated activities such as mucking out, expend enough energy to be classed as moderate intensity exercise as set out by the government.

Director of access, safety and welfare at the British Horse Society Mark Weston said the results provide sufficient evidence to the long held belief that horse riding is indeed positive for the health.

"While there was anecdotal evidence available on the physical and psychological well-being and health benefits of horse-based sport and leisure, there was a lack of empirical evidence to support, or challenge, these claims," he added.

Horse insurance customers could look to take advantage of the new 300-kilometre track in the Neath Valley area in Wales which has specifically opened to riders.

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