Can you name few rules of Horse riding ?

Can you name few rules of Horse riding ?

Sanjay Dubey asked January 11, 2017

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Seema Rawat January 11, 2017

There are many equestrian sports out of which horse racing is one such event that involves two or more jockeys riding horses over a determined distance in competition.  The competition has its roots form times immemorial, as it is to identify which of the horses is the fastest.  All this depends on the breed, obstacles, distances, track surfaces and the gait of the horse
The Rules and Basic Requirement for Horse Riding are :

Dressage Rules -

  • Dressage is a French word that means ‘training’ hence this form of riding is a sport where” the horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements”.


  • There are two arena sizes- small and standard- where the latter is 20 by 40 meters and the latter 20 by 60 meters. Dressage comprises of a series of individual tests, whose difficulty increases.


  • The horses and riders are judged against a common standard and not in comparison to the other competitors at the event.

Show Jumping Rules - 

  • Show Jumping is also known as ‘Open Jumping” or “Stadium Jumping” and is usually a common event at various horse shows and the Olympics.


  • This event is held over various courses that comprise of obstacles, spreads, verticals and double and triple combinations. 


  • The horse rider is to make clean jumps over the course within a predetermined time limit. Points are deducted for jumping faults like refusals or knockdowns by the horse.


  • A horse and rider who do not have penalty points are said to have achieved a ‘clear round’.


  • Penalties for knockdowns are imposed only if the height/width of the jump is changed by the knockdown. Refusals are also penalised for up to four faults.

Eventing Rules - 

  • Eventing is an equestrian event where the rider and horse duo compete against various combinations in the triple disciplines of dressage, cross country and show jumping.


  • Eventing has its roots in the original cavalry test that determines the mastery of various types of riding.


  • Each movement is assessed on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest mark. The rules are that the rider is given 45 seconds to enter the ring, crossing which he/she is eliminated; if all four feet of the horse exit the arena any time during the test then that result in elimination; and if the rider slips or falls off the horse during the test then that also leads to elimination.


  • The next course is the cross country wherein there are 12-20 low level fences or 30-40 high level fences on a long outdoor circuit.

For more details on Horse Riding you can go through A Complete Guide to Horse Riding.


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