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Why would I want to learn to ride?

Survey results of a wide variety of riding school clients

  “What do you expect from your riding lessons?”

1) Learning to ride
2) Enjoyment
3) Fitness – helps strengthen the body
4) Sense of achievement
5) Physical and/or mental well being
6) Appeals to the competitive instinct
7) Exams (qualifications)
8) Improve ability
9) Pleasure of teaching the horse
10) Outdoor activity
11) Country awareness
12) Develop feel
13) Confidence
14) Joy of working with animals
15) Co-ordination
16) Fashionable
17) Social gathering
18) Interest
19) For fun
20) Aiming for a goal
21) Ambition
22) To sort out horses problems
23) Overcome fear
24) Because it’s good for you
25) Career
26) Feeling of dominance over the animal and being on high
27) To go hunting
28) For greater safety
29) For a particular sport
30) Actors – need to ride
31) To exercise kids and/or pony
32) To understand the children
33) To help Riding for the Disabled

. . . and a couple of less obvious ones,

34) Prestige
35) For parents ambitions
36) Snobbery

Source: Horse Business Management – 4th edition – J H Brown and M Clinton


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