English Equestrian History

English equestrian history involves the reference from which an original horseback riding discipline, featuring many styles, comes from. Long before it became fashionalble, horses were used for the the purposes of assisting with chores and to get from place to place, like a valuable piece of equipment.

Original Horseback Riding History. Horseback riding first originated from a time in culture when it was the main mode of transportation. As an integral part of daily life, the quality and health of horses were imperative to maintain, since the livelihood and lifeblood of so many people depended upon them. When the English developed a fondness for using horses in sporting activities, a whole new purpose was designed with which to employ the use of horses.

English Equestrian History and Riding. Developed in England, the English equestrian riding style was taken to America estimated as far back as the 1800s. Always considered ‘proper,’ the traditional English horseback riding technique involves specific communication between the horse and the rider. For example, the rider must  control each of the horse’s moves by using reins with the rider’s legs. Notably, the riders usually “rose” as they rode, in rhythm with each horse stride. In some cases, however, English riders chose to instead sit the trot. The most basic equestrian riding level requires that most riders use both hands to hold the reins, as opposed to using one hand, a technique used in western riding.

Riding Styles in English Equestrian History. Long before modern society embraced the equestrian lifestyle as a sport, ancient culture developed riding styles which are still recognized today. The Western style included basic elements that are also used in traditional English riding. This is why English Equestrian history pertains to similar riding purposes, while the equipment style may be entirely different.

English Equestrian History Equipment. Historically, the saddle was lightweight, as it is currently, designed to fit the horse’s body closely. This was so that it would be as easy as practical for a rider to maintain control of the horse. While there was no horn located near the saddle’s front, the bridal and stirrups were made to be simple and small.

Equestrian Styles of Dress. English Equestrian history has indicated that the English riding dress styles were quite a bit different than that of Westerners. This is significant, since quite a lot of emphasis was always placed on the appearance of English riders. The original clothing designed for Equestrian riding seemed to be much more old fashioned, with formal riding pants, shirts and jackets. This could be due to the many other formalities imposed upon riders during the early periods. English competitions also required a great deal of attention placed upon how riders and their horses looked.

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