Hobby horsing is an activity that involves riding a stick with a fabric horse head glued on top. It is a recreational and competitive sport that has gained popularity among young people in recent years, attracting an increasing number of enthusiasts. While some actual horse riders may look down upon it as a childish pastime that should not be done by anyone over the age of 10, many others are embracing it and taking pride in their achievements.
The earliest records of hobby horsing date back to the early 20th century. It was first described in an article titled “Tricks and Hobbies with Horses” published by George Cruikshank in 1902. In the article, Cruikshank describes a hobby horse that has been painted to resemble a real horse. He also explains how to mount the fake horse and perform a number of different activities, including jogging, trotting, jumping and dressage.
Despite the fact that the sport has only recently gained popularity, it has already evolved into a fully fledged hobby horse association and has developed its own set of rules. It is also a competitive event that has been featured in several national and international tournaments. Those who participate in hobby horsing consider themselves to be horse lovers and view it as a way to practice their riding skills while having fun.
Many of the elements of hobby horsing are modeled after those found in traditional equestrian sports, such as show jumping and dressage. These are essentially gymnastic and light-athletic movements that require the rider to complete a series of complicated, premeditated maneuvers with their horse.
These elements can be performed while riding a stick with a fabric horsehead attached to it, or using an actual saddle and bridle. While some may choose to ride their stick horse around a field or arena, most prefer to use a practice course or gym to perfect their techniques. This is often done with the help of a trainer, who helps the rider develop a proper stance and teach them how to ride correctly and safely.
In Germany, hobby horsing is still considered to be an emerging sport. However, many equestrian clubs and training facilities are now offering courses that introduce students to this fascinating art form. Those who are interested in learning more about the sport can watch tutorials on YouTube or find a club near them that offers lessons.
As the popularity of hobby horsing continues to grow, more and more teen girls are embracing it as a legitimate sport. While some actual horse riders may look down on it as a childish pastime, those who are passionate about it are taking pride in their accomplishments and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with this simple but challenging activity.