Items

Forums
The Hobby Horse Craze
 By Saferaphus   •   4th Jul 2017   •   452 views   •   0 comments


For some reason, Iíve been avoiding this topic, even though Iíve been seeing it come up in my news feeds for a few months now. Why did I avoid it? Because it seemed silly. Time to stop being judgemental, right? Sure, these kids arenít riding real horses, but they take what they are doing very seriously. Theyíre using their imagination, running and jumping, socializing with other people and having fun. So while Iím being judge-y. Theyíre outside, getting some exercise having a blast.

How many horse crazy kids have galloped up the sidewalk on a stick horse? I know I ran around the yard with one, even though there was a pony, albeit a demonic one, for me to ride pretty much anytime I wanted.

The current hobby horse riding craze began about fifteen years ago and was brought into the spotlight by a 2017 movie called Hobbyhorse Revolution. The movie explores this fantasy sport where the participants, mainly young girls, ride dressage tests, race and jump jumps on stick horses.

In addition to riding their stick horses, participants take care to create their fantasy horses, crafting them, and creating pedigrees, glamorous show names, and backgrounds. Very few of the stick horses are store bought.

Throughout the year, Finnish hobby horse enthusiasts travel to competitions including a yearly national championship. The riders, mounted on their stick horses piaffe, side pace, prance, canter and jump in imitation of real horses and riders. Considering some of the jumps are over one meter high, hobby horsing does require some athleticism. Just like real competitors, hobby horse riders may have a coach that helps them with striding between jumps, dressage performance and other fine points of enjoying and competing.

Hobby horse riders also get together just to gallop through the woods or along the beach. Part of a Helsinki event featured a parade through the street. So the social aspect, the getting out and doing something fun with other people is a very attractive aspect of the activity.

The movie Hobby Horse Revolution was filmed in Finland where this craze started. According to a CNN article, the Finnish Hobbyhorse Federation estimates there are over 10,000 hobby horse enthusiasts in the country. In May, over 5000 people gathered in Helsinki to take part in a competition there. The movement is slowly growing in Europe. The first North American hobby horse competition will be held July at the Tryon International Equestrian Centre in Mill Springs, North Carolina. There will be three days of qualifying rounds with a championship held on July 22.

Not all of the participants do so because they are horseback rider wannabes. The sport attracts riders and non-riders alike. And, for those that canít own a horse or take lessons, a hobby horse can ease the need for horse activities and being with others who love horses. The two activities can complement each other. Hobby horsing can increase your fitness for riding, and a knowledge of riding can enhance your hobby horsing. And, thereís an aspect of girl-power. Hobby horse riders are free of the rules and people who sometimes rule the real horse world.

Would you consider hobby horsing? Can you see it catching on?
Horse News More PB Articles About:  hobby horse,
Horse News More In This Category:  Shows and Events      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 More News by Saferaphus
The First Horse Nations of North America
21st Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
It wasnít long after the Spaniards arrived in what we now know as the Americas that the indigenous people who lived here began to see the value of the horses they brought. Whether they were gifts, captured strays or perhaps stolen ...
Winter Equestrian Games
19th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The Winter Olympics are underway and thereís not much for an equestrian sports fan to get excited about. Maybe we need the alternate Winter Olympic events for horse owners to give us something to cheer about. You may have witnesse ...
Was Sure My Horse Had Colic
17th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
I let her out, and she strolled to the middle of the paddock, where she stopped and gave two cow kicks, then she pooped. Then she stood there, head down. I went from alarmed to really alarmed. I checked her pulse and nothing seeme ...
Winter Horse Water Needs
14th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
There is a lot of information online about how to make sure your horse gets enough water during the winter time. Some of it works, some does not. ...
Managing Equine Health Problems with Diet
12th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
A basic diet of hay or grass and water, along with a salt block is the standard for most horses. But, if your horse has a health problem, you may need to adjust what you feed to help treat or manage the disease. Here is a look at ...
Horse Ears and Hearing
11th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Horses ears are large and open and funnel sound down into their ear canal. That big ear flap we see is called the pinna and is cartilage covered in skin and hair. They can move their ears separately, swiveling 180 degrees, listeni ...
When to Pay Up for Horse Stuff
7th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Hoof clippers are one example. My last two pairs of hoof clippers came from the local farm supply store. They cost about the same as one hoof trim. Sounds like a good deal if I can do a DIY hoof trim, right? But those bargain hoo ...
Horse Racing on Lasix
5th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Not all sports allow the use of Lasix, and the use of Lasix for racehorses on race day is not allowed in most places outside North America. Its use is controversial, even though horses that are put on Lasix perform much better tha ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2018   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
373 Members Online 238,965 Registered Members 2,396 News Articles 9,791,533 Unique News Article Views 212,484,624 Website Views