How To Play Horseball
 By Estella Noire   •   31st Jan 2011   •   14,224 views   •   27 comments
HorseballHorse ball is made up of two teams who compete against each other. There are four players in each team. It is played on horseback and the winner is whichever team scores the most goals by throwing a ball into a hoop as shown below. A net behind each goal stops the ball from bouncing away and going out of play. The ball is usually a football that is inside six leather straps which act as handles so the ball can be picked up from the ground.

Horseball Rules

1. The ball must be passed three times without being dropped before a goal can be scored.
2. The ball cannot be held by one player for any more than 10 seconds.
3. If the ball goes out of play then the ball goes to the other team.
4. The ball must be picked up without the rider dismounting, instead you must slide down the nearside of your horse as shown below.

Horseball Equipment

There is quite a bit of equipment needed to play horse ball, as well as those above. Riders must wear their normal riding gear-hard hats, body protectors, jodhpurs, boots etc. They must also wear knee pads and a pick up strap needs to be attached to both stirrups so the rider can lean down and pick up the ball from the ground.

Horses need to have basic riding equipment such as saddle, bridle, etc. as well as boots and bandages.

Horse ball was first played in France in the 1970s. Caption Clave founded it. It originated from a game called ĎPatoí which was played in Argentina.

So why not give it a try? Pretty much any horse or pony can play horse ball - in fact, there is even horse ball for the disabled riders!
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Painted Destiny  
Wow! That sounds fun, but a little hard :)
  Jan 31, 2011  •  8,773 views
haha, there are pictures of this game in my spanish book!
  Jan 31, 2011  •  8,762 views
Balla Eclectic  MOD 
Geez, look at that person picking up that ball - that's insane!
I volunteer with disabled riders. I will have to suggest this game, it looks like fun.
  Jan 31, 2011  •  8,787 views
PonyBox  MOD 
Looks pretty dangerous.
  Jan 31, 2011  •  9,233 views
Estella Noire  
That was really quick! I only sent this in last night :O
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,140 views
Finally There  
Oh that's fun! I've only done it having fun with my friends and mom and dad but it's really hard and yeah, dangerous.
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,156 views
Wanderin Boy Memorial  MOD 
That sounds like fun ! I've never heard of it before
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,145 views
Run Free  
i heard of that in PONY magasine a little while ago it sounds really fun i would love to try it but i dont know anywhere that sells the stirrup things.It sounds dangerous but only if you dont know what your doing,if you think about it all horseriding activities are dangerous
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,415 views
Got to have some agility and balance to pick up that ball, looks really hard but fun at the same time :D
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,430 views
T E M P E S T  
Sounds exciting, but my horse would never let me lean down from her back like that!
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,457 views
Looks hard, but fun :) better wear a helmet !!!
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,409 views
Sounds like fun, though looks a little scary xD
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,435 views
BME Sports  
It is hard...I do it with my friends!
  Feb 1, 2011  •  9,422 views
Sounds like fun! :)
  Feb 2, 2011  •  9,415 views
Moody Farms  MOD 
Sounds fast lol!
  Feb 2, 2011  •  9,709 views
It sounds like it would be fun!
  Feb 3, 2011  •  9,405 views
Sound extremely fun but challenging!
  Feb 3, 2011  •  9,425 views
That's sounds fun but a bit hard
  Feb 4, 2011  •  9,401 views
That looks awesome -nodnod-
  Feb 4, 2011  •  9,415 views
I never knew there was such a thing! thats so cool!
  Feb 5, 2011  •  9,610 views
King of Wings  
I have considered playing horseball.. and now i know more and the rules.. all i can say is thankyou!!!
  Feb 7, 2011  •  9,446 views
Dark Pride  
i love horseball. great article.
  Feb 9, 2011  •  9,429 views
I have to give this a go, now....time to find a ball with a harness xD
  Feb 9, 2011  •  9,407 views
Sounds like Quidditch, but with horses. =D
  Feb 12, 2011  •  9,408 views
You need some riding skill to play this!
  Feb 17, 2011  •  7,384 views
MS Horses  
Sounds like fun! I'll have to try it sometime!
  Feb 24, 2011  •  7,372 views
Deleted Accounts  
i saw a game of horseball on a program once, ever since i've wanted to try it!
  May 5, 2012  •  7,405 views
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