Love the equestrian world and want to get more involved with its unique and highly rewarding culture? Well today’s article is exactly what you need as we’ll be taking a look at the top 5 ways you can successfully explore and participate in this timeless activity – from horse riding and racing to literature, entertainment and more, we’ve got you covered. Now without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Horse riding, also known as equestrianism, is a classic, timeless and legendary activity that’s been part of our world – for traveling, work, entertainment and enjoyment – since time immemorial. Horse riding includes other related activities – such as driving, steeplechasing or vaulting with horses. Horse riding in general is an excellent exercise that allows you to enjoy spending time outdoors while also forming a unique bond with the horse that’s difficult to explain for those who have never tried it but truly potent and unforgettable as any experienced horse rider will undoubtedly confirm.
There are various physical and mental benefits related to horse riding. In 2011, a study that was commissioned by the British Horse Society (BHS) showed that by participating in horse riding for just 30 minutes, three times a week, the unique physical exercise created positive changes in mood, social interactions and personal emotions including reduction of anxiety and an increase in confidence.
In short, it’s one of the most beneficial and popular ways to get involved with the culture and even if you just do it once, it’s more than worth it for the lifelong memories – and more than likely it will awaken a passion inside of you and turn you into a regular horse rider!
Horse racing is the competitive, professional variety of horse riding. It is an equestrian performance sport, normally involving at least two and often more horses ridden by jockeys (or, in some cases, driven without riders) over a predetermined distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports and has been largely unchanged ever since its creation since the premise was simple but effective from the start – to see which of the horses competing was the fastest. Nowadays the concept widely stays the same, with hundreds of tracks and special events happening all around the world. Participating in the world of horse racing is extremely entertaining, incredibly exciting and another one of the most popular equestrian activities of all time – let’s take a look at how you can be a part of it:
Racing in Horseback
As expected, one way to become a part of horse racing is to become a competitive rider yourself – if you hone your riding skills, meet the professional requirements and have a passion for the sport, nothing’s holding you back from giving it a try. Even though most serious competitors have been training for countless years, there are smaller leagues and events that are more suited for amateurs – be sure to research how the scene is like near you and contact clubs and associations near you to learn more.
Watching the Races
If you want to be a part of the excitement without the stress of competing, then watching horse racing is a wonderful option – especially if you have the opportunity to watch the higher level events. From the moments just before the bang to the second the horses fly out, race with intensity and finally cross the finish line, it’s an addictive and extremely satisfying experience that’ll leave you filled with energy and excitement. There’s a mountain of history and tradition behind it and as soon as you watch your first race, you’ll instantly know why.
Betting on the Races
People have been betting on horse races ever since horses have been running – it’s that simple. Betting on the outcome of horse races is extremely popular both at the tracks and off (watching the races online, on TV or listening on the radio) and it’s a highly entertaining experience whether you win or lose. You can either leave it all up to chance and go with your gut or dive into the books and make a conclusion out of all the horses’ historical data, the track’s unique qualities, the riders’ experience, the daily weather and more – it’s as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
Even though there is a wide range of different types of bets, these are some of the most popular ones: win, place, show, Double Quinella, Forecast, Trifecta, Quartet, Daily Double, Pick 4, Pick 6. Analysing the deep world of horse betting is best saved for its own article but if you want some straightforward answers, you can always rely on expert horse betting tipsters, such as these, to lend you a hand.
Films & Series
Lastly, and what gets most people into this world in the first place – films and television shows! Even though there are dozens of excellent choices, let’s take a look at a list of some of the very best you can get your eyes on – they’re guaranteed to excite, inspire and above all – teach!
- Sea Biscuit (2003)
- Secretariat (2010)
- National Velvet (1944)
- Dreamer (2005)
- The Black Stallion (1979)
- Luck (2011)
The world of horses is wide and deep – it’s been around for centuries and continuously developed to offer new and exciting opportunities while also carrying on timeless traditions. The activities we’ve discussed above are some of the most effective to quickly get you involved with the culture and ensure you have a fantastic experience. We hope this handy guide has been helpful and as always – have a great day!