Why not try something different with your horse. Whether you love competing or prefer hacking out with friends, there is a host of equestrian activities to try that can make your riding even more enjoyable. Attempting something different can help to build your confidence and increase the bond between you and your horse as you work together and challenge your abilities.
If you don’t know where to start then look out for shows in your area that may have demonstration sports or display teams on the schedule. Many clubs and associations try and attract new members by offering a “Have a Go” day too, which is a great way to experience the thrills and spills of a new discipline before committing to lessons, equipment and further expense. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
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Have a ball
If you are feeling bored or down then having a go at Horseball may be just the thing to cheer you up. Enthusiasts of this spectacular game range in age from six to 60 and the sport, which is played in 15 different countries, is currently being considered as a potential Olympic event. There are clubs in all areas of the UK
Why not have a go at a sponsored charity ride? These can be a fantastic way to raise money for a good cause, meet new friends and ride in areas that may otherwise be inaccessible. Check out the notice boards of your local tack shop or feed merchant for events in your area, or do a Google search for charity horse rides. If you are feeling brave and can raise sufficient sponsorship you may even consider participating in a charity trek overseas, to really challenge your riding skills.
For those who find they enjoy distance riding it may be worth checking out endurance riding as a new activity to compete in.
Back to your youth
If you are envious of those lucky children who get to go to Pony Club camp and have a whale of a time trying out new activities then horse camp for adults could be just the thing for you. Organisers are finally realizing that there is a huge gap in the market for adults who want to have fun with their horses in a non-competitive environment as well as learning something new and improving their riding. For riders who don’t have a horse of their own many riding schools and clubs can provide a suitable mount and camps vary in length from a whole week of residential activities to a one day instructional course. The Internet is a great place to find a camp to suit your budget and availability.
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