Horses were first domesticated in the Ukraine approximately 6,000 years ago.
Sport for all Ages
is a sport that suits everyone. It can be both exciting and
relaxing. The closeness to the horse makes the sport different from
other sports. Riding is also a sport that one can take part in
whatever one’s age but the size and temperament of the horse is important.
The horse is the best teacher. According to an old saying – the newer the rider, the more experienced the horse! Riding is a sport which handicapped people can enjoy. It is also a very equal sport with boys and girls competing on the same conditions all the way up to top level.
at a riding-school with good instructors. Equip yourself with casual
clothes, preferably without seams that might chafe, shoes or boots
with heels, and a safe riding cap. Get an accident insurance, and
choose the right horse.
you buy your own horse, you could be a feed host for someone
else’s in order to understand what it takes to have one’s own
horse. Estimate all the expenses. Think why you want a horse. Be
critical. Do not buy the first horse – ask experienced people for
If you want to compete, you need a green card to show you have learned the prerequisites of competing, the rules and horsemanship. The calmest way is to start in the home club. Both the horse and the rider have to be well prepared and in good shape.
The riding cap is the most item of equipment. It should fit well on the
head and the strap needs to be buttoned under the chin. Make sure
that you have a good riding cap and never buy a used one.
Boots, shoes with heels such as jodhpur boots, or riding shoes are a must when you ride. The heel prevents the foot from slipping through the stirrup, if there is an accident. Never go riding in plimsolls or trainers.
saddle needs to be well placed, so that the horse does not get any
chafes or swellings. Tighten the girth until you can get three
fingers between it and the horse’s belly. If the saddle glides
forwards, you can put on a tail guard. If it glides backwards, you
might use a breast-plate. If you buy a used saddle, check that the
pole is not broken.
Snaffle bridle and Reins
check that the snaffle bridle is whole and that no seams have come
apart. If the rein or the snaffle bridle break when you are out
riding, you could have a bad accident. All leather items need to be
oiled regularly so that they are not spoilt.
ride in short sleeves or shorts even in the middle of the summer as
if you fall off you could get nasty abrasions. It is more
comfortable to ride in breeches than in ordinary trousers as they
have no seams. In winter use the ”layer by layer” method when
dressing in order to keep warm. Put your scarf under your jacket as
a long dangling scarf could catch on something.
In winter it is important that you put reflective stripes on yourself, as well as on the horse. The horse needs reflective stripes on its legs. There are horse blankets with a reflective surface for sale and for the rider there are reflective waistcoats and lamps to put on boots that show white light forwards and red light backwards.
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