If you loved horseback riding as a child, you might sometimes wish you still had the time and energy to return to that passion someday as an adult. Often sports come and go in our lives, but our love for animals never seems to fade. There are dozens of ways you can combine your love for sports and your passion for horses. You may have seen some of the horse riding events in the 2012 Olympics. Aside from the Olympic events, there are many more sporting opportunities for you to share with your favorite four-legged beast.

Sports and horses have gone hand in hand for a very long time, but they seem to be very specialist or niche activities these days. One of the most popular is rodeo. South American rodeo and Australian rodeo are similar to the U.S. version, but differ enough to make them their own unique sport. In the States, there are several roping events as well as bareback riding sports to choose from.

Horseback riding can be great for relaxing in your time off, or you can train to compete at Olympic level. The choice is yours, and the options for the sport are vast. This means you are likely to need to choose your sport based on the breeding of your horse or vice versa. You may need a horse bred for a particular activity and sometimes local access can be limited. Of course, there are plenty of activities your own horse may enjoy doing with you. You can find out more about all things equine online.

English riding includes several different activities for you and your horse. These tend to be the most popular for competitions. Dressage and Gymkhana are the most popular and each contain several components at a competitive level. If you are looking to become more involved in horses, this area of sport may be of great interest to you. Horseback riding and the related sports are also far more accessible than you may think, as was evident in the Paralympics.

If you don’t own a horse, your local stables will be happy to help you choose one or use one from them. Horses make great companions, even if you don’t have your own land to keep one. They can be expensive as pets, so becoming more heavily involved in them at a competitive level may be beneficial. If you want to know more about horses, try todaysequine.net or another specialist website.

Even if you have no interest in enjoying sports like Polo or Show Jumping with your horse, horseback riding for leisure and pleasure can bring great fulfilment to your life. However old you are, the joy of riding can be both therapeutic and exhilarating. It can cost as little or as much as you can afford and depends on how involved you want to be. If nothing else, as a companion and confidant, your horse will never complain or be unhappy to see you each day!