The function of spurs was originally the opposite of the modern one. They were used as brakes, not gas. If the horse quickened its pace, the rider began to dangle on its back and hurt it with spurs.
This forced the horses to carry their riders with the utmost care.
Spurs gained a noticeable spread only after the invention of stirrups, and remained a sign of mainly heavy cavalry. Continue reading
In recent years, in many countries, competitions on runs at distances from 40 to 160 km have become widespread. the Greatest distance is set at the world Championships (in 1998, the 7th championship was held in the United Arab Emirates).
The main task of these competitions is not to pass the distance at the maximum speed, but to maintain the normal physiological state of the horse at all stages. Continue reading