Para-Equestrian riders don’t only don their garbs with sophistication but also display sporting prowess. Equestrian is a multi-disability sport, open to athletes with bodily disabilities or even visual impairment.
Initial Equestrian events came into sight on the Paralympic programme in 1984 in Stoke Mandeville (UK) and New York (US) and were incorporated as part of the Paralympic Games in 1996 at Atlanta. The regulating body for Equestrian is IPC through the International Paralympics Equestrian Committee (IPEC). IPC rules and procedures are in accordance with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) with small modifications.
What’s in it for you?
The Equestrian sport brings about a bagful of benefits ranging from muscle endurance to tranquil practices. An equestrian would have intense muscle training when horsing, as one’s quadriceps would work towards keeping the torso stable throughout the entire course. In addition, thigh muscles would also strengthen as one astrides the horse while shoulders work to lift the arms. Importantly, equestrians learn the skill of remaining serene even in times of crisis, which is the result of consistent practice in equestrian as riders deal with horses which are “human-sensitive”.
✓Amputees ✓Cerebral Palsy ✓Muscular Dystrophy ✓Spinal Cord Injury ✓Short Stature
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