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About Riders

The rider you meet may be a pensioner on a tight budget, a farm worker, a working mum, a schoolchild, a banker or executive, or a professional rider.  

Horse riders and owners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, age groups, and experience. In New Zealand the costs of keeping a horse are similar to many other sports or hobbies.

Sustainable Transport

Transporting a horse from one place to another shouldn't require loading it into a vehicle; the horse is quite capable of travelling many kilometres under its own steam.

Removing large horse vehicles from the roads is both more sustainable, and reduces maintenance and congestion on the roads.

Rider Behaviour

Most rider behaviour is about communicating with the horse, to keep them, the rider and everyone in the vicinity safe.

Everything a rider does and even thinks (because thoughts change our muscles, not because horse's are psychic) is transmitted to the horse. A horse feels where the riders body weight is positioned (even which way a riders head is looking), and whether the rider is calm or nervous.

Getting down off the horse is not always the best way to control a scared horse, and in some cases may be more difficult than staying onboard. It is not possible to tell the age of the horse from looking at it, and it's age may not be relevant to its experience. A horse that is perfectly happy to walk calmly alongside a busy road, may be terrified of umbrellas, alpacas or other things that we don't think it should be. The age of the rider does not necessarily tell you how much riding experience they have or how confident they are with that particular horse. A fall, or other riding accident or even a break from riding can affect a rider's confidence a great deal. Equally, young riders may over-estimate their abilities or under-estimate their affect on others due to their inexperience socially (they are young!).

Are all Horse Riders are Rich?

Riders, are as diverse a group as exist in any other sport or activity. They may be school children, bankers, farm hands, artists or professors.

Horse riding in New Zealand is only as costly as many other sports, yet we rarely label cyclists or hang gliders 'rich' or 'elite'.

A rider sitting tall in the saddle is not trying to be superior to others, this is the best balanced riding position. It distributes the riders weight evenly on the horse, and the rider carries some of his\her own weight instead of sitting heavily on the horse's back. 

Like other sports there are uniforms for various types of competitive riding. For hunting and many other sports this means a jacket and white shirt. In competition this uniform is actually to stop any favouritism, the judge cannot tell whether the rider is rich or poor, all riders wear the same uniform.