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Horsemanship at the highest level
Trick riding quickly brings to mind spectacular scenes usually seen in a film. When horses dash into the arena at a stretched gallop and their riders perform daring stunts with perfect body tension and a broad smile on their faces, it's time for trick riding! This equestrian discipline is extraordinary, because it is less about lessons performed by the horses and more about the daring and sometimes breakneck acrobatics presented by their artistic riders. Derived from classical vaulting, with which many young horse lovers begin their equestrian career, it is, so to speak, the royal class of vaulting. The difficulty lies above all in the fact that the horses gallop completely freely in a circle. In other words, they walk in circles. Trick riding therefore requires optimum balance, trust and a great deal of security from both man and horse.
More than just riding
When choosing suitable horses, the most important thing is a well-balanced, big-jumped canter, surefootedness and good physical condition. For although the four-legged friends "only" gallop in circles, they must be able to compensate for the acrobatic exercises of their riders and not be unsettled by them. In addition, they must be able to keep a very steady pace, because the success of the exercises depends on the rhythm. As an aid, the horses are unharnessed, which gives them additional stability and a kind of support. Trick riders depend on having reliable four-legged partners who also have the character requirements to be able to safely perform the risky manoeuvres such as the handstand on the horse, various jumps and figures as well as other highly demanding lessons.
No matter whether it's a handstand, cross lying or standing on the horse - the fast-paced stunts really come into their own on a galloping horse.