Horseball is a fast and exciting team sport played on horseback. It was invented in France at the end of the 1970s. At that time the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) was exploring possibilities to bring a new dynamism in the riding schools, looking for an activity inexpensive and easy to organize in any riding school.
For the rider, Horseball is proving to be an excellent riding school discipline for all ages, it teaches the rider balance and the use of seat and legs without reliance on the rein. The equestrian sport is one which historically attracts girls, with Horseball, more boys are now coming into riding in order to play the sport and continuing to ride, where before they would have given up at after a few lessons.
In a society which is constantly striving to work together in the world, where business now has to send their employees on costly 'team building days', this team sport builds relationships and encourages an understanding of team spirit that stays with it's participants through-out their lives.
Any horse or pony is suitable for Horseball, at a novice level, most are 'general purpose' and also do showing, jumping and dressage. At International level, some prefer the Thoroughbred for it's speed, some prefer the Native breeds for their short, compact bodies, but all have one thing in common - they require a high standard of basic dressage in order to comply with the agility, muscle structure and obedience demanded by the game.