All activities involving the horse or other Equus species are equestrian (e.g. mule). Equestrian riders, handlers, and drivers are classified as leisure and competitive. Equestrian encompasses both mounted and unmounted sports and activities. It’s a human-horse collaboration and horse-to-horse partnership in various disciplines.
There are two types of mounted equestrian disciplines: English and Western. The type of “tack” (equipment) used on the horse is classified as either English or Western as a general rule. The tack used is the most recognisable factor in the distinction between English and Western disciplines. Driving, halter (in-hand), and vaulting are other disciplines that do not fall into the English or Western classifications (gymnastics on horseback).
Many horse breeds have been produced with discipline-specific purposes in mind, and some types are better ideal for either English, Western, or other disciplines. However, due to the horse’s adaptability, many, if not all, breeds may excel in various fields, including English, Western, and other disciplines.
The skill of riding with horses is referred to as equestrian, also known as horseback riding. Equestrian is a sport that can be enjoyed recreationally or competitively.
Equestrian events were added to the Olympics in the early twentieth century. Some of these occurrences can still be observed now. Dressage, show jumping, and eventing are the three events mentioned above.
Combined driving, endurance, reining, and vaulting are some of the equestrian activities that aren’t part of the Olympics. The FEI organises the World Equestrian Games, which are part of them. Every four years, they are scheduled. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports is the sport’s governing organisation.
Equestrian sports come in a wide variety of forms. Thoroughbred horse racing, steeplechasing, American quarter horses, Arabian horses, akhal take, appaloosas, American paint horses, endurance riding, and ride and tie are some of the equestrian competitions that take place under saddle. Harness racing is also popular in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.