Equestrian or horse sports such as as chariot and horse races were part of the Olympic games. The ride was first included in the Olympic program in 1900 and re-emerged in 1912 in the first modern Olympic Games, only commissioned officers were allowed to compete. In early 1952, the rules were changed so that the civilian population and women.
Olympic equestrian events are one of the few Olympic sports where women compete equally with men.
Horses are trained and ridden for practical working purposes such as in police work or for controlling herd animals on a ranch. They are also used in sporting events, including, but not limited to dressage, endurance racing, triathlon, biting, jumping, tent suggestive control, vaulting, polo, horse racing, rodeos and combined driving.
Some popular forms of competition are grouped together at the races, where horses perform in a wide range of disciplines. Horses (and other equids such as mules and donkeys) are used for non-competitive recreational riding such as fox hunting, trail riding or hacking. There is public access to horse trails in almost all parts of the world; many parks, farms and barns offer both guided and independent trail riding. Horses are also ridden for therapeutic purposes, both in specialized para-equestrian competition and non-competitive riding to improve human health and emotional development.
Horses are also driven in harness racing, exhibitions and competitive events show. In some parts of the world, they are still used for practical purposes, such as agriculture.
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