Indirect evidence shows that man started using a horse as far back as 6000 BC.
However, it is believed that horseback riding may have begun around 4500 BC.
Horse drawings existed as early as 3000 BC.
Horse-pulled chariot carvings seen in caves can also be traced to the Bronze Age.
How did people start riding horses?
Near the beginning of the Iron Age, about 800 BC, people in Central Asia began riding horses more instead of just having them pull wagons. Once some people were riding horses, everybody wanted to do it. Also, no good harness arrangement for horses was invented until about 200 BC, when one was invented in China.
Where did humans first domesticate horses?
Horses were domesticated 6,000 years ago on the grasslands of Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan, a genetic study shows. Domestic horses then spread across Europe and Asia, breeding with wild mares along the way, research published in the journal PNAS suggests.
When was the horse first ridden?
Although horses appeared in Paleolithic cave art as early as 30,000 BCE, these were wild horses and were probably hunted for meat. How and when horses became domesticated is disputed. The clearest evidence of early use of the horse as a means of transport is from chariot burials dated c. 2000 BCE.
When did horseback riding became a sport?
The Olympic Equestrian sports are dressage, three-day eventing and show jumping. Horse sports such as chariot and riding races were part of the early Olympic games. Riding was first included in the 1900 Olympics and reappeared in 1912.