The horse has been with man throughout history and has served a variety of practical purposes, most notably horses have
been used as a means of transport but also as a work horse in agriculture. Today, the power, agility, gracefulness and speed of the horse means that horses are mostly used for personal pleasure
and utilised in competitions.
The Cotswolds have riding centres that cater for both experienced and novice horse rider's and can take advantage of miles of public bridleways
found in the Cotswolds.
For any rider the choice of riding school can be difficult but particularly so for the first time rider wishing
to take those first lessons. The local riding schools and riding centres offer not only tuition, they will normally offer facilities for Hacking and pony trekking.
The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) is the governing body of polo in the UK, Ireland and many other countries throughout the world. The Cotswold area
has the popular horseback sport of polo with the Beaufort Polo Club and Cirencester Polo Club centrally situated.
Point-to-Point racing is a form of amateur horse racing over fences for hunting horses. In England and Wales horses
running in point to points are more likely to be at the end of their national hunt careers.
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