One of the most loved animals, horses are not only great for work but also excel at sporting events. Horse riding is a very popular sport that people take part in all over the world. Comprised of events like horse racing, show jumping, and dressage, horse riding requires a combination of skill, agility, and passion.
As with every sport, those involving horses have their own complexities. While you may be good with horses, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can succeed as a professional horse rider one day. However, if you do wish to pursue a career as a rider, there are some things you should be aware of.
Horses Can Be Unpredictable
You can never be sure how a horse will behave during its career. Just like humans, horses can make it or break it based on their attitude towards the sport. A horse that is very fit and healthy but has a not-so-great attitude will not be able to make it to the top. On the other hand, a horse that hasn’t got amazing capabilities may get to the top for one reason or another.
Show Jumping is More Than Just Jumping
Show jumping, arguably people's favorite horse riding event, has various complexities associated with it. If you make it as a professional rider one day, you’ll soon realize that show jumping is more intimidating than it seems on the television. The fences are sometimes so high that it feels like you’re flying in the air during a jump.
Show jumping often leads to some dangers like falling as well. That’s why it is very important that a rider knows how to fall. As weird as that sounds, knowing how to properly take a fall can keep you safe from serious injuries at times.
Good Behavior is Essential
Horse riding is not just about physical fitness. Events like dressage require that you and your horse be on the best of your behaviors. This becomes tricky because many horses can panic easily at the sight of large crowds, and are ready to run away. This is where the training you have given to your horse either shines or fades away.
Not Just the Horse’s Fitness
Being a professional horse rider has a lot to do with your own fitness as well as your horse’s. While it doesn’t matter how much you weigh from the competition’s point of view, it’s always better to be lighter to ensure your horse performs well.
It is also important to manage your time. You cannot go partying a night before a big event because you need to be as sharp as possible. Similarly, it’s always good to be a ‘day person’ than a ‘night person’ if you are a professional horse rider, because your rest is essential for the sport.
Horse riding events are much so more than simply knowing how to ride a horse. They test your connection with your horse, the training you have provided to your companion, and rely heavily on how you and your horse approach an event as well.