Alternative exercise to benefit my cycling

by harrybwade   August 1, 2011  

I am a road cyclist and am riding with a club with the aim of racing in the not to distant future. Right not my focus is improving my fitness, endurance and speed.
My wife is an experienced horse rider and I have the opportunity to learn to ride horses. Can anyone tell me if this would offer any benefit to my cycling performance. Having never experienced horse riding I may be wrong, but imagine that leg strength, core strength, endurance and balance are crucial and this should translate nicely into cycling?
Does anyone have any experience of using this as part of a training program and how the sports cross over?