Competitive Western Horse Events

Competitive Activities

Many people choose to enjoy their horses in competitive events. These activities can be either individual or team events. Some are judged by a set of written rules and specifications, and other competitive activities are timed events. Each activity has it’s own rules, and most have organizations that plan the competitions at the local, regional, national, and sometimes international, level.

Western Competitive Activities

Western exhibitor

Some of the western competitive activities available for horse owners include:

  • Horsemanship
  • Western Pleasure
  • Reining

Helmet Fitting Guidelines for Horse Owners

Why Wear a Helmet?

Horseback riding carries a higher injury rate per hour than downhill ski racing, hang-gliding, football and motorcycle racing. Participants in competitions for these sports all wear helmets!

Each year approximately 70,000 people are treated in emergency rooms as a result of equestrian related injuries.

Repeated trauma to the head, even when minimal, can cause cumulative damage to the brain. Each new accident expands the original damage because the brain cannot recover fully from injury.

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Horseback Riding Safety

Cross Country

Every year, millions of Americans participate in horseback riding activities. Riders are often six feet above the ground on horses weighing more than 1,000 pounds capable of 35 miles-per-hour speeds. So while horseback riding can be very enjoyable, there are inherent dangers in working with horses.

In 2007, 78,000 people were seen in U.S. emergency rooms due to horse-related injuries; 9,600 of those were admitted to the hospital for further treatment.

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Safety Guidelines for Horseback Riding on the Trails

Jenifer Nadeau, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Connecticut and Betsy Greene, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Vermont

In order to be safe while horseback riding or driving a horse, there are many considerations. It is very important to perform a safety check of your horse, rider, tack, facility and/or trail before starting out on your ride or drive. There are also several safety guidelines and items you should pack when you go trail riding.

Safety Guidelines for

Horsemanship Drills: Introduction

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In this video series, Dr. Kathy Anderson explains certain drills that riders can do to develop the desired horsemanship hands and seat for both english and western disciplines.

  • Horsemanship Drills: Introduction
  • Horsemanship Drills: Western Drills at the Walk
  • Horsemanship Drills: Western Drills at the Jog
  • Horsemanship Drills: Western Drills: Working Without Stirrups
  • Horsemanship Drills: Hunt Seat Drills at the Walk
  • Horsemanship Drills: Hunt Seat Drills at the Trot
  • Horsemanship Drills: Hunt Seat Drills at the Posting Trot
  • Horsemanship Drills:

ASTM SEI Helmet Regulations and Testing

 

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Demonstrations of Falls

Demonstrations of Falls

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Importance of Helmets

Importance of Helmets

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Example of Potential Brain Damage

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How to Groom a Horse

Jennifer Whittle, eXtension HorseQuest Intern

We all spend countless hours getting our horses ready for the show ring. But how much effort do we really spend grooming our horse each day? Grooming is an important task that should be performed along with other daily tasks. Grooming keeps the horse’s skin healthy and provides a way for you to bond with your horse.

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