In 2010, the BHS commissioned the University of Brighton, in partnership with Plumpton College, to research the physical health, psychological and well-being benefits of recreational horse riding in the United Kingdom.
The research, published in 2011, assessed whether horse riding can be classified as a moderate intensity exercise when undertaken for at least 30 minutes or more, three times a week, and examined the frequency with which individuals take part. It also examined the psychological and social benefits of horse riding.
Reliable existing evidence indicates that physical exercise produces well-being benefits linked to social interactions and changes in mood, anxiety, self-esteem and other personal emotions.
View or download the report (pdf)