Experience Montana from the back of a horse. You can enjoy Montana family horseback riding adventures this vacation. It's easier than you think!
Horseback riding is not only fun, it's good for you - mentally and physically. Physical benefits include increased balance and coordination; the strengthening of the muscles in your back, legs, shoulders, and abdomen; and the stimulation of your internal organs which is one reason horseback riding is considered therapeutic for people with physical disabilities. Mentally horseback riding adds additional benefits. Once a rider is comfortable on their horse's back, they experience a great deal of mental relaxation. The relationship with a horse, however brief, is also beneficial which is why it is considered therapeutic to troubled adolescents.
Horseback riding is a great family activity. Not only does it free parents from the physical strain of carrying their children (or the added supplies necessary for hiking or packing with little ones), but it adds the added dimension of interaction with the animals. In fact, we began horseback riding as a family when our oldest was just over two (he rode with my husband). Our first pack trip into the mountains was great fun - and only possible because of our four-legged friends. Our youngest, at four, thinks horseback riding is a great way to spend an afternoon (or more)!
In preparing for your first family horseback riding experience, it is wise to allow your children to spend a little time around horses before leaving home. Find a local stable (or a nearby neighbor) and ask if they will allow your children to watch the horses. As they become more comfortable, someone may allow them to pet them. If you know someone with a gentle horse or you can afford to pay for some pony rides, give your children a chance to actually 'ride' a bit before your horseback riding vacation. Each exposure to a horse will lessen their fear. Each exposure will allow you time to teach them horse safety. However, as long as your children do not fear animals in general, even if you don't have time to acclimate them to a horse's size and feel, our outfitter is very willing to help them overcome any natural discomfort they may have being around an animal this big.
In addition, our outfitter has horses which are gentle and trustworthy, which will inspire confidence in you and your family. With ride options from half a day (about 3 - 4 hours) to a full day (6 - 8 hours) to overnight and multiple night trips, you can choose what best fits your family's abilities and desires. Horseback riding is a wonderful way to strengthen your family bonds, enjoy nature, and spend time just having fun!
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