With horseback riding, approaching, interacting, and mounting a horse forces a person to confront any fear and insecurities they may have. Teens will learn how to overcome their fear, how to remain calm, and how to move forward with positive feelings despite any underlying lack of confidence. These dynamic will in turn help them build their self confidence.
They will also discover the exhilaration of horseback riding, especially if fear has prevented participation in physical activities in the past. The ability to remain calm and complete a task regardless of self-doubt and fear is an extremely empowering experience. Once a teenager gains insight into how to effectively work with a horse, she will become the leader.
Learning how to care for and ride a horse increases the bond between the rider and horse. The more consistent the teenager is, the more attentive and cooperative the horse becomes. In this way, teenagers learn life skills, such as effective and positive communication, trust, and how to control their anger and frustration.