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Monday, 29 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 29: What Equestrian Discipline Would You Like To Try?

I realised that there are A LOT of equestrian disciplines out there when I was watching WEG (World Equestrian Games) and there are many that I didn’t realise also had a competitive side on the world stage. Our sport doesn’t often make mainstream media reporting, but in recent years Team GBR have certainly helped to put some of the disciplines into the eyes of the non-equestrian world. When I say I do dressage, I now often get a response of “so you do the one like the dancing horse” comparing me to Valegro and the Olympic success of Charlotte. I’m quick to put it in context…

When I was in my early teens, and having just stopped riding, a lady used to rent the fields next door and have driving horses. To keep my addiction to horses at bay, she used to let me bring her horses in and go out driving with her once a week on a Monday. It was just an exercise run for them, and there were no courses to practice, just to keep them fit and ticking over. At first, I was frightened a little, especially standing on the back of the cart, it left me feel quite exposed, but after a few runs out, I soon learnt to love it.

Having then seen the driving at WEG, as well as the pony driving at HOYS, I was fascinated with how much precision is needed, how much the horses & ponies need to listen to their drivers, how the driver and team mate work together to keep everything balance, and just how nippy and agile the horses have to be to get around those courses!!

This is definitely one I’d love to have a go at again!

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