Horse Riding

About the Sport:

Horse Riding is an adventure sport involving riding on a horse by controlling its movements. You can go for Horse riding either in an enclosed area or on trails. It is one of the most challenging and exciting recreational sports as you need to manage yourself as well as the horse. There has to be a bond between you and your horse for a smooth and successful ride.

This sport is considered to be a good physical and mental exercise. The rider and the horse both have to be healthy and fit. You can have a free spirit ride and enjoy watching the amazing landscapes and scenic beauties.


Relation To India:

Horse riding has always been considered a royal sport in India. It is popular since ancient times and was enjoyed by the kings and the common people alike. Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh are some of the famous Horse riding destinations in India.


Tips / Precautions / Interesting Facts:

It is a risky sport, as you need to observe safety for yourself as well as for your horse. In olden times injuries such as strain, sprains, bruises, dislocations and fractures were common. All these happened due to lack of proper training and equipment. You must have basic riding skills, wear proper fitting clothes and a helmet to protect your head. All the equipments should be in good condition and the ride should be undertaken under expert supervision.

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Do's

  • Wear boots with heels
  • Wear a safe headgear
  • Wear jeans or stretchable well-fitted pants
  • Ride on a trained horse only
  • Get yourself trained for horse riding
  • Keep yourself hydrated

Don'ts

  • Don’t wear loose shirts
  • Don’t be harsh with the horse
  • Don’t wear short pants
  • Don’t ignore the signals that horse tries to give you
  • Don’t ride in a manner just to flaunt your skills which would harm other riders

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