Working Equitation is a fairly new equestrian event that I have had the opportunity to watch first hand. It is something that I personally want to get in to with my horse and when I talk about it, most other equestrians haven’t heard of it. If you are interested in knowing more about Working Equitation check out this article from dressage today.com
Say “equitation,” and many riders think of a hunter-jumper flat or dressage-seat class, but far too few are aware of the exciting equine sport of working equitation (WE). For an individual horse and rider, this three-phased competition begins with the Dressage Phase—a test of classic dressage skills and movements, then continues to Ease of Handling Phase, which demonstrates their partnership by navigating an obstacle course, and finally, the Speed Phase, which measures their gusto by redoing part of the course at speed. Like dressage, there are many levels from Introductory through Advanced. Although WE has long been an international competition, it is a young, wide-open sport in the United States.
How long does it take?
A few months ago I went with some friends to take a lesson on my horse with their instructor. I believe that with most things, but especially horses, you can never stop learning.
I jumped at the opportunity for myself and my young horse to take a lesson with a new instructor to give us both some new tools to be a better team. When we got back to the Equestrian Center one of our young boarders asked me where I had been. When I told her I was having a riding lesson, she said, “But you’re a grownup, why are you still taking lessons?”
I explained that I have a young horse and she has a lot to learn but that I also want to always keep learning and becoming a better rider. She seemed a little disappointed, and I remember when I was a young rider thinking that I couldn’t wait until I grew up and knew everything about horses.
I quickly realized that that it takes a lot of time and effort to be a great rider. I found this great blog post that talks about how long it takes to learn to ride a horse and thought it would be a great one to share with you.
From: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TO RIDE A HORSE?
It’s a question that most riding instructors have had to answer. There’s a simple, one size fits all answer, but it brings to mind a plethora of questions. And answering a question with a question is purely annoying to the questioner.
The basic answer is, “Well, it depends on what you want to do.” And this is true….GO TO THE STORY