Para-Combined Driving

 

Combined Driving – Para-Combined Driving

Para-Combined Driving in Combined Driving.

 
Lusitano-Para-Combined DrivingPara-Combined Driving in Combined Driving:   Para-combined driving was established and approved as a permanent discipline by FEI in the year 2006.   It is now part of most of the national and international competitions sponsored by FEI.   This includes the World Championship.   This decision was made during a congress which included all the major Equestrian Organizations of the world.   Horse riding is considered a therapeutic aid for people with temporary or permanent disabilities.   Studies show that for some reason a special link is established between the disabled person and the horse.   This link that takes many years to establish between a healthy person and his or her horse.   It seems that the horse understands that the person is disabled and that he or she depends on it to stay safe.
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Lusitano-Para-Combined DrivingPara-combined driving has exactly the same rules and regulations as combined driving.   There is absolutely no difference or what some people would call lenience because the driver is disabled.   These people work as hard and execute the same moves and exercises that people without disabilities do and they do them perfectly too.   The only difference is that these people are required to certify and prove their disability and any special equipment or support needed by them must be reported and approved by the judges before the competition begins.
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Lusitano-Para-Combined DrivingThis is the real world of horsemanship love, trust and understanding between beast and man.   Both working together to accomplish great things together.   Some may say it is only a sport and anyone who trains for it can do it but this is not true.   True horsemen have something not all of us have.   We can all learn how to ride a horse and stay on it.   But few of us can really learn to communicate and perform with them as they learn to love and trust each other.
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