If you’ve never seen horseball, it’s a fast paced game that can be described as a cross between rugby and basketball on horses! Played in teams of 4, a football sized ball with a harness is passed between players before having the chance to shoot at the goal! It involves throwing, catching, passing, picking up, shooting and tackling!!
We run taster sessions for people to give horseball a go at Arkenfield Stables in Nottingham with Laura Simmons who trains the GB horseball team!! The horses used are all ex National or international level, so they know what they’re doing whilst you’re learning the basics!
In order to play horseball, we need you to be able to walk, trot and canter comfortably with no assistance. However, we match the rider to the horse, so if you're a bit nervous or not confident then let us know and we will give you a safe and steady horse to ride!! It is a really fun sport, and a great confidence builder. We start off just walking, then progress on to trot and canter for those that feel confident.
Taster sessions involves getting used to riding without using your reins, passing the ball between you, shooting using different throws, and sometimes picking up from the ground and some tackling methods. Sessions start with a warm up for the horses, before coming back to walk to start with!! Once skills have been mastered in walk, the exercises are done in trot. If people feel confident enough then there may be the opportunity to try them in canter!!
Horseball is great way to improve your confidence and to get to know more people, with a lot of interaction being needed whilst playing the game. These session are always fun, can normally costs around £25 for an hour session.
For more information join the horseball group on Facebook or e-mail us and label it events team!