Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The art and practice of riding a horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art, practice or act of riding a horse; horsemanship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A riding, or the act of riding, on horseback; horsemanship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or art of riding on horseback; horsemanship.
  • n. A ride on horseback.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin equitātiō, equitātiōn-, from equitāre, to ride horseback; see equitant.

Examples

  • Carter said he would get me a five-gaited pony or an equitation horse when I learn to ride well enough.

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  • As a child in France, Petit was already wire-walking to the beat of a different drummer – also teaching himself equitation, fencing, carpentry, rock-climbing, drama, drawing, and bullfighting.

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  • Cameron had actually enjoyed poor Ridgeway's attempts to replicate the exercises undertaken by the athletes of ancient Greece, with the addition of equitation, for Ridgeway loved riding and there was nothing he could not ride.

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  • Some less able horsemen met with various accidents; for though it was a proverb of the time, that nothing was so bold as a blind horse, yet from this mode of equitation, where neither horse nor rider saw the way he was going, some steeds were overthrown, others backed upon dangerous obstacles; and the bones of the cavaliers themselves suffered much more than would have been the case in an ordinary march.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • The younger men of the expedition were chiefly anxious to procure such horses as had been thoroughly trained, and could go through with ease and temper the manoeuvre of equitation, by which it was designed to render legitimate the movement which they had recourse to.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • For too long, corporate America has completely controlled the globalization equitation, costing the average American dearly.

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  • But when you reflect on the battalions of fantasy writers whose entire knowledge of equitation derives from the overland movement tables in gaming rulebooks, you can easily see how it came about.

    Campbell’s Cream of Fantasy

  • The students attended for two years, and were taught the “exercises and games of cavaliers,” in particular equitation, mounting, jumping, and trick riding.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Here I interposed and said to them: If you two were having an argument about equitation and what was the best way of riding, supposing that I knew the art myself, I should try to bring you to an agreement.

    Eryxias

  • Now that Sheila was beginning to place in the equitation classes, my father told her, it was time to start working on some of the specialty classes: trail, reining, and showmanship.

    The God of Animals

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