Sky Sports News shows you how to get involved in horse riding

Last Updated: 06/03/13 4:13pm

You don't have to live in the countryside to ride.

In the first episode of a four-part series on horse-riding, Get Involved visited two inner-city stables to find out about the opportunities on offer for people of all ages and abilities.

Stepney Bank Stables, in Newcastle, is one of 1,000 British Horse Society-approved schools in the United Kingdom.

It offers inner city residents to a sport that, according to the latest British National Equine Survey, has seen over 3.5m people participate in the past 12 months.

Sarah Newson, a youth leader at the stables, said: "Our riders come from all different walks of life, which is a real strength of the project.

"The young people and the adults who come here are meeting people that they probably would never come across in any other aspects of their daily life."

For around £100 you can purchase the basic equipment needed to start and if that's too much, stables like Stepney Bank will help to kit you out.

Get Involved also dropped in on London's Vauxhall City Farm, where the enthusiasm for equestrianism - and the health benefits it brings - were very much in evidence.

As well as helping to improve posture and balance, riding can lead to an improved sense of well-being and boost confidence, as well as offer potential psychological benefits.

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During the rest of the series we will be featuring a local hero who has helped those in their community get into horse riding, detailing the rules, regulations and techniques of the sport, and revealing where you can continue your development once you have the need for steed.

If you missed our looks at football and rugby league, visit the Get Involved homepage.