Famous Horse Breeds05/08/2016
The History of Equestrian
Equestrianism more often known as horseback riding refers to the skill of riding, driving, steeple chasing or vaulting with horses. This broad description includes the use of horses for practical working purposes, transportation, recreational activities, artistic or cultural exercises, and competitive sport.
Although it is not certain exactly when horses were first domesticated and ridden it is known that they were used for hunting purposes, to pull chariots, transport supplies, go into countless battles and for farming.
Evidence shows that horses were originally used as a food source long before their strength and speed was harnessed for riding and driving purposes.
With gradual transformation being made to the training of horses and to the riding tack used, horseback riding became a more safe and comfortable proposition, allowing the horse to be used for a number of purposes such as a scout and post delivery.
From the Ancient time to our present day certain findings and approximate dates have made it clear on how equestrian came about.
In the Eneolithic era around 5000 to 4200 BC, the remains of horses were uncovered along with the remains of cattle and sheep. Horses were uncovered in the Volga river region of Eurasian steppes. Horses served as food source and were also used for sacrifice. In the steppes, head maces were found showing further horse domestication.
The Botai culture in northern Kazakhstan around 3500 BC were thought to be riding horses as a means to hunt and also using horses as a source of food.
1400BC The training of horses has been a long established process, as early as 1400 BC a horse trainer from Turkey called Kikkuli used conditioning and training techniques such as interval training and the use of lengthy periods of walking, trotting and cantering to prepare the chariot horses for battle.
In the Bronze and Iron ages around 1300 BC the Mycenaean's used chariots to go into battle.Chariots were most commonly pulled by either two, three or four horses. A two horse chariot was called a Biga A three horse chariot was called a Triga.A four horse chariot was called a Quadriga.
In China during the Shang Dynasty (also called the Yin Dynasty) around 1200 BC the use of the chariot became more widespread.Chariot racing became popular in Constantinople and around 680 BC was added to the then Olympic games and took place in an arena called a hippodrome.
Horses were originally trained with aggressive force up until around 350 BC when the teachings of in particular, Xenophon helped to transform the way that horses were treated and trained. Xenophon's information in several of his books was used to train horses not only for military purposes but also for general riding.
From 20th century to today classical horse riding techniques used today have been most recently influenced by Alois Podhajsky, who was born in 1898 and died in 1973.
Podhajsky is well known for saving the beautiful stallions of the Spanish riding school from being killed during world war two by using his friendship with General Patten to place the stallions under American protection and for the rescue of several horses that had been seized from the Piber study by moving them out of harms way to Austria. Podhajsky became chief of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in 1939 but was also a bronze Olympic medal winner in the field of dressage, a writer and an instructor. Podhajsky wrote books outlining the training of the horse and rider from basic principles through to more advanced techniques.
Today the horse riding skills learned over the years are practiced, developed and taught all over the world. Horses are now not only bred and trained for competition but also used for work and as pleasure horses where they are used for a number of activities both ridden an driven .
Horses remains very friendly and lovely to humans. The Ancient Greece founders and Horse lovers brought into conclusion of making horses in durable mineral materials that can be used as symbolism and decors in other to establish the significance and value of horses.
The horse statue symbolizes many different things throughout the world. In Celtic culture, the horse statue is a symbol for war, victory and longevity. The Greco-Romans used the horse statue as symbols for honor and virility. In the Hindu culture, not only is the horse statue linked to their god Varuna, but a white horse statue is believed to be the final incarnation of Vishnu. In Chinese culture, the horse represents the Gemini and symbolizes love, practicality, endurance, devotion and stability.
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