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What You'll Get
Choose from Six Options
- C$75 for one month of group riding lessons or trail rides for one person (C$150 value)
- C$140 for two month of group riding lessons or trail rides for one person (C$300 value)
- C$22 for one group riding lesson or trail ride for one person (C$45 value)
- C$63 for three group riding lessons or trail rides for one person (C$135 value)
- C$43 for one group riding lesson or trail ride for two people (C$90 value)
- C$85 for one group riding lesson or trail ride for four people (C$180 value)
English Horseback Riding: From Cavalry to Country Club
Horseback-riding lessons can focus on the English style. Read on to learn more about the style’s unique qualities and history.
Though practiced in competition and for pleasure all over the world today, English-style horseback riding originates with the traditions of the European military cavalry. As such, english riders tend to ride horses that are larger than their American counterparts (who mostly practice a style known as Western riding) and trained to be much more obedient—invaluable traits on the battlefield and in the competition arena. Riders traditionally don a hunting cap or helmet, a fitted jacket, breeches, and tall boots before clambering into the saddle—built smaller and lighter than Western saddles to give the horse more freedom of movement and closer contact with the person. Textbook english equestrians sit tall and straight, directly keeping firm control of the horse with the reins. English riders also “post the trot,” rising from the saddle slightly to avoid the gait’s often uncomfortable bounces.
The English style appears on the world stage in both judged and nonjudged competition. Depending on the event, riders negotiate a series of balletic movements or obstacles while judges assess the horse’s obedience, responsiveness to the rider’s cues, and agility—attributes that complement the sport’s time-honored emphasis on elegance and decorum. Nonjudged sports include classic horse racing and polo, which uses english tacking and features some elements of the style.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per child. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Must be 5 or older. Must sign waiver. Subject to availability. Must be 12 or older for the trail rides. Must wear boots with at least a half inch heel. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.