Competitively, Equestrian first appeared in the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, but since then it has grown in popularity with national and international competitions. Outside of the competitive environment though, individuals can also participate within Equestrian at a recreational level at specialist local horse riding stables. Similarly, if recommended by a health professional, individuals can also use horse riding as part of a therapy regime and / or to develop their physical and mental health.
- Dressage, which is where the rider and their horse performs a predetermine set of movements,
- Freestyle, which is where the rider and their horse performs a routine to music,
- The team event, where different riders team together with their horses to score points for their team.