By: Roger Tell Albaiges, Jordi Navàs and Marc Pons
• History• What is horse riding?• Equipment• Riders should wear• Means of identification• Tail ribbons
The Irish have a deep love for everything related to horses. It is said that horse racing is a "sport of kings." In Celtictimes, the law "Brehona" dictated that the races should remain exclusively a privilege of the "princes and sons of the nobility.“ Nowadays Horse riding holidays andhorse riding comfortably accommodateriders of all levels and theres always the possibility of holiday caravans of horses, much quieter activity.
What is horse riding?• Horse riding is the art of maintaining precise control over a horse, and the different ways to handle it. Horsemanship also involves knowledge to care for horses and the use of appropriate equipment.
Halter, tether, bridle of workSeat or saddle, protectors andwhip.
Riders should wearJodhpurs, riding breeches or riding tights, withchaps, suitable foul weather clothing ispermitted. Hi-Viz clothing is encouraged.It is recommended that riders wear shirts withsleeves and a collar.
Means of identification• A rider shall wear a means of identification that is visibly attached to their person. This should clearly identify any special needs that may apply in an emergency. A record of medical information may be left with the Ride Secretary in a sealed envelope, which should only be opened by an Official in the case of an emergency.
Tail Ribbons• Wearing tail ribbons is recommended in certain circumstances.• Red indicates that a horse is nervous or bad tempered when other horses come too close to their hindquarters.• Green should be used if the horse is young and /or a novice.• Blue is mandatory for a stallion.