Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Improving Your Child's Fitness and Well-being

Horseback riding is a great activity for stimulating the body, mind and spirit. It is not only recreation; but, an opportunity to learn the subtleties of communication and develop trust with one of nature’s most noble creatures.


Physical Benefits

Horse riding offers riders both cardiovascular and muscle conditioning. You may think that the horse is doing all the work; however, an hour on horseback can burn similar calories to that of a 30-minute run or bicycle ride. Riding develops balance and coordination. As the horse moves, the rider is constantly using muscles to maintain balance which helps to strengthen the deep postural muscles of the trunk and pelvis. Good coordination is also needed to get the desired response from the horse. By repeating the patterned movements needed to control the horse, your child’s reflexes quicken and hand-eye coordination improves.


Psychological Benefits

Horse riding is recognized as having excellent therapeutic qualities. It is a great stress buster! In fact, the psychological benefits your child experiences can be of equal value as the physical ones. For many children, a horse is an important connection with nature whether they ride in the arena or down the trail.

Developing a relationship and sense of trust with a horse is highly rewarding. And, learning to control and care for such a large animal can have a profound affect on your child’s confidence. Many children find companionship and solace working with horses that carries them through the tumultuous teen years.

Sharing information on horse care and working together in the barn is a great way to socialize, improve communication skills and form lasting friendships with other riders.


Life Long Learning

Horse riding is an activity your child can enjoy all his or her life. Horse riding provides opportunities to discover and explore, giving someone a sense of pure, timeless freedom and exhilaration. And, you don’t need a horse or a lot of gear to get started. A riding school can give you a taste of the sport and provide all of the necessary equipment including the horse!

Upcoming Events

Learn To Ride Program

Winter Program starts January 28
8 week programs - call 780-435-3597 to register

Edmonton Area Dressage Association of Alberta

AGM - Noon to 4pm, January 21

Little Bits Winter Session

Volunteer Training January 17
8 week program starts January 24

Horsemanship - Spring Session

Starts February 3

AB Green Certificate Testing

March 7 and 14

Equine Massage Therapy Course

March 24 - 30

Little Bits Spring Session

11 week program starts April 1

Edmonton Classic Horse Show

Cancelled for 2018

AB Green Certificate Testing

May 30 and 31

Pony Up Half Day Summer Camps (ages 4-9)

July 9-13
July 23-27
August 6-10

Horse Rider Summer Camps (ages 9-14)

July 2-6
July 16-20
August 13-17

River Valley Horse Show

Discontinued

Equine Massage Therapy Long Course

August 6 - September 14

Edmonton Kennel Club Regional Dog Show

August 8-12

AB North Pony Club Show

August 22 - 26


Horse Racing Alberta

p. 780.435.3597
e. info@welca.ca

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