"You're better off betting on a horse than betting on a man. A horse may not be able to hold you tight, but he doesn't wanna wander from the stable at night." - Betty Grable
Being a horse owner or horse rider is quite the responsibility and should be seen as such, but if you're good to your horse, the horse will be good to you. Part of that means having the correct equestrian etiquette, which is as much about safety as it is about tradition. How well do you know your equestrian etiquette? Could you pass a quiz on it? Here's your chance to find out!
For thousands of years, humans have been using horses for their own needs. Originally, they were used for traveling, labor and war. However, over time, equestrian sports came about, including polo, arena riding and trail riding. As these sports developed, so did ideas on how to treat a horse, the environment, and others around you. This is known as equestrian etiquette, and it should be an essential element of riding a horse.
If you think you know all about equestrian etiquette, give this quiz a shot and see how much knowledge you really have!
Polo wraps are often used to support a horse's tendons and joints to prevent bruising and irritation.
Horses are coming in and out of the arena gate constantly. It's dangerous and bothersome to stand there while a rider is trying to exit.
Horses are prey animals and spook easily. Therefore, you want to avoid loud clapping, noise making devices, or shouting at equestrian sporting events.
English riding originated from the historic needs and aesthetics of the British military and upper class.
The Cartier Queen's Cup is a polo tournament held each year. It's held at the Guards Polo Club in England.
Polo started as a military exercise. It was founded around 2,500 years ago.
Divot stomping is an important tradition for crowd members. It helps restore the field for the second half of the game.
The Western school of riding is derived from North American ranching and settler traditions.
Never take an unprepared horse trail riding. It can become a problem for the horse and others on the trail.
While not common in western riding, helmets greatly decrease the rate of injuries to riders following a fall.
Horses usually gallop around 27 mph. However, the fastest horse ever recorded was 55 mph.
Trail riding is full of hazards. Those hazards include low branches, divots in the ground and other animals.
Horses are one of the oldest domesticated animals. Humans have been using them for various purposes for over 5,000 years.
Communication is key to riding horses. A lack of communication can lead to serious injuries.
You don't want your horse to get used to running on and off the trailer. One day, the horse might get too excited and run you over.
Horses get thirsty too. Don't force them to wait for a drink of water. However, be on the lookout for any obvious signs of contamination or any threats to your horse's safety.
Horse are strange sleepers. They do it both lying down and standing up.
Horses will let you know how they feel. They even have unique facial expressions to communicate their feelings.
Even on a designated equestrian trail, you should be on the lookout for downed trees, low-lying branches, signs of wildlife, other equestrians, motorized vehicles, or anything else that might pose a challenge to the ride.
It's always nice to say hello, but it's also vital to greet others so riders know your location and pedestrians are aware that a horse is approaching. Some riders enjoy answering questions about their horse, but you are not obligated to.
Horses have powerful kicks. It's one of the main ways they defend themselves.
Most horses are domesticated or feral horses. Only one species of wild horses still exists.
The girth helps secure the saddle to the horse's back. Before putting the girth on, you should check for anything that might cause irritation, and before riding, you should check the girth one last time to make sure it's secure.
Horses are not colorblind, as was once believed. However, they do see certain colors better than others.
Whether in a car, riding a bike, or on horseback, it's important to remember that pedestrians have the right of way.
Have you ever wondered how high a horse can jump? The record is 8 feet, 1 and 1/4 inches.
The horse who set the record for the highest jump was named Huaso. Captain Alberto Larraguibel was his rider.
Horses are used to being approached from the left side.
Horses are measured by their own units known as hands. The tallest horse ever recorded was 21.2 hands.
It's never a good idea to leave behind a mess that someone else might need to clean up.
It's important to let people know your location while on horseback.
Just like in driving, it's important to make sure there's enough room between you to react in case of trouble.
Stallions are male horses. They typically have a more muscular body and are known to be more aggressive.
Young horses have specific names based on their gender. A young male horse is called a colt, while a young female horse is called a filly.
An adult horse's brain is about half the size of a human's. The average weight is about 22 oz.