1) Horseback riding is the most beautiful form of meditation.
When you’re riding a horse, especially if you learn to gallop (a very fast pace your horse runs at) you must stay in the moment because your life depends on it. And it’s a beautiful moment to stay in. The noise of your thoughts goes away as the beat of the hooves of your horse become as vital as the beat of your heart. This sounds like an exaggeration to most people, who have never experienced what it’s like to be rushing through the woods atop the back of a horse as he runs. Even tamed horses still run as if they’re free and wild. When they’re able to break into a run as fast as they can, your experience with them pulls you into the moment like nothing else.
2) When you ride, you learn to intensely focus your mind and body. When you ride alone in the woods, anything can happen. You must focus deeply on guiding your horse, noticing your surroundings and speaking to your horse by using your hands, legs and feet. You’re forced to get out of your head and connect with your horse.
3) Horseback riding lets you be free.When you ride, you put your life in the hands of an enormous, beautiful creature. Horses are much different than domestic animals like dogs and cats, and riding a horse alone through a forest is a world apart from sitting on the back of a horse in a row of ten on a safe, guided trail ride. When you’re racing through the woods and letting your horse run, you cannot help but feel his natural instinct to run with abandon. You feel your own instinct to be free, your own desire to run in any direction with abandon.
4) Riding a horse through the woods makes you feel as though you left behind the modern world and fell into the pages of the Lord Of The Rings, and every other stunningly epic fantasy novel you’ve read. A horse, a forest and your own imagination can lead to far more spiritual experiences than any drug or church.