Equestrianism art of riding and handling a horse. Horseback riding was practiced as far back as the Bronze Age and was thereafter adapted to commerce, industry, war, sport, and recreation. Diverse styles of riding developed, and the saddle, as well as the stirrup and other riding aids, were manufactured along with the other accessoris for horseback riding. At the two extremes of riding are the jockey's riding style,based on pure speed, and the cowboy's (western) style, more relaxed for long hours of work.Polo is another equestrian sport that involves stamina,concentration, and great riding skills.Dressage, is a beautiful discipline where the horse and the rider perform from memory a series of predeterminated movements. Riding as recreation has become increasingly popular in the United States, particularly in metropolitan and suburban areas.