Horseback Riding

Horseback riding, also known as equestrianism, involves riding horses for recreation, sport, and working purposes. It encompasses disciplines like dressage, show jumping, and eventing.

Description and How to Do It

Riding a horse requires learning how to mount, balance, control, and communicate with the horse using reins, leg pressure, and body language. It involves skills in handling, caring for, and understanding horses, as well as riding techniques for different disciplines.


  • Physical Fitness: Improves balance, core strength, and overall fitness.
  • Mental Wellness: Offers therapeutic benefits and reduces stress.
  • Coordination and Motor Skills: Enhances coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Bonding with Animals: Fosters a unique connection with horses.

Best Age to Start

Children can start basic horseback riding lessons around the age of 5 or 6.


  • Websites: United States Equestrian Federation for guidelines and resources.
  • YouTube: Equestrian coaching channels for tips and techniques.
  • Movies/Documentaries: “Seabiscuit” (film), “The Horse Whisperer” (film).
  • Books: “Centered Riding” by Sally Swift (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Riding Helmet: $50-$150.
  • Riding Boots: $50-$200.
  • Breeches: $40-$100.
  • Horse Riding Lessons: $40-$75 per lesson.
  • Horse Lease/Rental: Varies, can be $100-$400 monthly.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with professional riding lessons to learn the basics.
  • Practice regularly to develop confidence and improve skills.
  • Learn about horse care and grooming for a comprehensive understanding.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Riding 2-3 times a week is recommended for consistent skill development.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Develop advanced riding skills in a chosen discipline (dressage, jumping, etc.).
  • Compete in equestrian events and shows.
  • Exhibit a deep understanding of horse care, behavior, and riding techniques.

Famous Equestrians

  • Charlotte Dujardin (dressage)
  • Monty Roberts (horse trainer and author)