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Whether Hunter, Jumper, Eventer, Dressage, or SaddleSeat Rider; find articles for any English discipline. 

                Horse jumping is one of the most widely known events within the world of English riding. It is an extreme sport that requires focus, good body control, and balance.  Horse jumping also requires a lot of trust between you and your horse. Your horse has to trust you to lead him into the right direction, and you have to trust your horse to take you over the fence. Without that trust, the rider might become nervous and therefore making the horse nervous. Confidence is key when it comes to this sport! Horse jumping doesn’t have to be just a show event. Jumping is a great way to...
          Show jumping is also known as stadium jumping, open jumping, and jumpers. This English riding discipline is commonly found throughout the world at many horse shows, including the Olympics. The overall intent for jumpers is to complete a course of fences and obstacles, within an allotted time frame, with the least amount of faults. Showing jumping is recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).  So if you looking for a challenge in the jumping world with a bit of speed, you have found the perfect sport in...
show jumper horse
       Hunt seat horseback riding is a style of forward seat riding whose roots are based in fox hunting. In a hunt seat competitions, you can show over fences or on the flat. Hunt seat is an extremely popular sport of horseback riding in the US. It is recognized by the United States Hunter/Jumper Association (USHJA) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  While hunt seat is not an Olympic discipline, many show jumping and event riders begin there jumping careers with riding hunters and hunter equitation competitions. So if you are new to the English jumping world, hunt seat...
hunt seat horse and rider
          Have you heard other horse enthusiasts talking about gymkhana?  Have you ever wondered what gymkhana is?  In this article gymkhana is described and how to get involved in gymkhana is discussed.             Gymkhana is a term used to describe an equestrian event that consists of speed events. These events include barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, keg race, and flag race. These competitions often center on children participation. Most gymkhana competitions are put on by young rider groups such as Pony Club or 4H.               In other parts of the US, this type of competition may...
Horse Pole Bending
The word hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word hippos, which means horse.  So hippotherapy literally means horse therapy.  This is a form of physical, occupational, speech, and language therapy that incorporates the horse.  Evidence shows that hippotherapy may date back to ancient Greece, however it became a formal treatment in the 1960’s.    The concept behind hippotherapy is that the horse’s movement aids in a certain physical responses from the rider.  The horse’s pelvis has a similar motion to a human’s pelvis when waking.  The horse’s movement provides physical and sensory data to...
Little Kid Riding Pony in Lesson
Dressage, often referred to as “horse ballet,” is an equestrian sport where horse and rider work together in harmony through a series of precise movements. Dressage is a French term that means training.The purpose of dressage is to develop a horse to its highest potential through a progressive training method. This sport emphasizes the natural ability of the rider’s mount. Dressage has its origins in Europe, but became a popular equestrian sport during the Renaissance. The riding masters of old developed a stepwise training system that was later coined Classical Dressage.This classical...
Dressage Horse
Eventing is the equestrian sport that tests a horse and rider combination across three different disciplines: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping (stadium jumping). Originally the sport developed from the Calvary test. The competition can be run in a one-day or a three-day format (the three day format is now being more commonly run as a four-day). The three phases of the eventing format test each horse and rider combo. The dressage phase tests the rider and horse’s harmony and obedience. The cross-country phase tests the horse and rider’s stamina, bravery, and trust. The final phase,...
Eventing Horse Going Cross Country
Like with western horse saddles, English horse saddles can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.   Each type of English saddle is designed with a certain purpose in mind.  Like a barrel saddle is designed with barrel racing in mind.  For example a dressage saddle is designed with dressage in mind.  In this article the different types of English saddles will be explained and what each saddle purpose is and how it designed to suit that purpose.  The All-Purpose Saddle (or Eventing Saddle):  The all-purpose English saddle is designed like its name implies, to be an all-around saddle...
Tan Leather English Horse Saddle Tack Pad Package
Saddle seat riding is a form of English riding that is designed to showcase horses with a high-stepping trot.  Saddle seat riding can trace its origins back to two sources.  The first being the Plantation style of horse riding, where a smooth moving and high-stepping horse was used.  The second source of saddle seat riding was an European influence of a flatter English show saddle.  These riders typically showed off their high stepping horses by riding them through the parks on Sundays.  Hence the term “park horse” was coined and is still used today.  The biggest differences in saddle seat...
English Saddleseat Traditional Show Leather Caveson Set
Are you looking to take your horse to a parade, then you need to follow these four simple S’s: Safety, Saddle, Style, and Smile.     Safety: Riding in parades can be very fun, but you do need to be prepared.  There are many safety factors that go into riding in a parade.  First and foremost, safety first: wear a helmet!  Anytime you ride a helmet can be a lifesaver, however when in parade it is that much more important.  Remember that you will likely be traveling on a road; a fall would not be very fun without a helmet.  Secondly, prepare your horse as well as possible to the environment of a...

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