Equestrian History

Renowned for their speed and strength, horses have an excellent sense of balance and have been used in many ways throughout history, from agricultural work, to warfare, to recreation and sport.

With over 300 breeds of horses in the world, domesticated horses have an average lifespan of 25-30 years and are considered adults by age five. A horse’s training begins between at birth and heightens between the ages of two and four.

Horse breeds:

  • Hot bloods – built for speed and endurance
  • Cold bloods – work and farm horses used for gradual, heavy work
  • Warmbloods – mixed hot blood and cold blood stock

Horseback riding has a long and storied history in our society and helped build the world we live in today. Generally used for competitive equestrian sports, non-competitive recreational riding and working purposes, the relationship between horse and rider is paramount in any equestrian activity. So too, is that relationship here at Terre Bleu.

While historians debate the timing, many believe people first rode horses in approximately 4500 BC.

Interesting facts about horses:

  • Horses are able to sleep either standing up or lying down, an evolved trait from their flight or fight response due to predators in the wild.
  • Horses were brought back to North America by European explorers, after they died out on the continent during the end of the Ice Age.
  • Therapeutic horseback riding can enhance the life of someone with a mental or physical disability, helping their physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills by developing a relationship between the horse and rider. Caring for horses with simple tasks such as brushing and bathing can also provide therapeutic effects for those who cannot or do not ride.