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What is Horseball?

Horseball is a game played on horseback where a ball is handled and points are scored by shooting it through a high net.

Horseball is a game played on horseback where a ball is handled and points are scored by shooting it through a high net (approximately 1.5m x 1.5m) The sport is like a combination of polo, rugby and basketball. It is one of the ten disciplines officially recognised by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

A team is made up of six horses and six players. Only 4 players from each team are allowed on the pitch at any one time. A team can play with only three players but no less than that number. Substitutes must remain within the security zone until a substitution is made or in the zone designated by the official appointed for the indoor pitch.

The ball is a light-coloured junior (size 4) football surrounded by a harness to which six leather handles are attached.

Equipment

  • riding hats with chin straps done up at all times
  • correct riding footwear: one-piece long boots.
  • the same uniform for players of their team.
  • whips may not be carried during the game but is allowed in the separate warm up arena
  • players are recommended to wear back and knee pads (soft only materials) protectors
  • players may not wear jewellery or watches. Rings may be worn provided that either gloves are worn or the rings are taped over in order to make them safe.

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