Equestrians and Equestrianism

Horses have had a crucial role in the history of mankind from prey to transportation and cavalry. Today horses are rarely used purely for transportation and more often associated with hobbies and sport such as hunting, racing, jumping and dressage. Though there are many, which still work on ranches and farms across the world. In some areas of the world they are also considered a delicacy, though many cultures have too much respect for these creatures to eat them. Though they are often no longer needed for work riding horses is still a hugely popular pastime.

Transporting your horse be a challenge in this industry. But it is a challenging part of running a horse related business dealing with international clients.

You may want to transport your horse to the USA from Europe. This can be extremely expensive because of the legal and paperwork costs between countries.

Equestrianism refers to a person who has the skill to ride, drive, handle and manage horses. It covers every aspect of horse care and handling from riding and racing to grooming all of which take a lot of experience and skill to master. It also refers to every kind of horse and equine management from highly strung racehorses to pets and working ranch horses including everything in-between.

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In the past

Horses have been put to a variety of uses since they were first domesticated. When fighting wars before the development of armored vehicles the cavalry were the fastest and most deadly force an army possessed. In peaceful times before the introduction of trains, tractors, vans and lorries horses were widely used in agriculture and transportation. They pulled carriages and carts loaded with goods, plowed the fields and pulled canal boats.

In ancient Rome equestrians were considered members of the upper class, horses were expensive and so anyone who could afford to keep them was unlikely to have to do manual labor. The Equestrian class, were both a military and political power as horsemen received compensation from the senate and their horses essential to the success of the Roman Army.

As the Roman Empire expanded Rome relied on it allies to provide cavalry horses and so equestrians were no longer a military power though their title and status remained. They were considered equal to senators and remained rich governing the provinces. Senators dominated government offices but were not allowed to operate businesses or make money of their own. Equestrians on the other hand were free to invest, run businesses and make money.

Today

Today equestrians can belong to any strata of society although horses are still expensive to buy and keep. Equestrians are most associated with sports most notably horse racing and events such as jumping and dressage in the Olympics.

Events such as dressage, eventing and jumping are designed to test both horse and rider. Dressage involves being able to get the horse to carry out certain movements and tasks whilst running loose. This involves a close connection and understanding between horse and human as well as intensive training. Dressage is also known as horse ballet and is designed to test the horses athletic ability and ability to perform.

Show jumping requires a rider to guide a horse round a series of jumps and obstacles in the fastest time and fewest mistakes. It requires a great deal of trust between horse and rider as well as strength to clear extremely high and long jumps.

Eventing is a combination of show jumping and dressage and requires a huge amount of skill to master a range of disciplines. Again the aim is to get through the course with the fastest time and fewest mistakes possible.

The role of equestrians has changed through time but still holds that air of nobility and garners respect throughout the world.

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