riding

Use the word riding for the sport of maneuvering a horse while sitting on its back. So when your friend invites you to go riding, you'd better be prepared to climb up into a saddle.

You can also call this sport horseback riding, or if you want to get really fancy, equestrianism. Riding involves, of course, staying perched on the back of a horse while it trots, canters, or gallops along. There are a lot of additional variations on riding, including horse racing, rodeo events, and dressage, which involves dance-like movements that are judged on how athletic and graceful the horse is and how relaxed the rider appears.

Definitions of riding
  1. noun
    the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
    synonyms: equitation, horseback riding
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    equestrian sport
    a sport that tests horsemanship
    pony-trekking
    a sport in which people ride across country on ponies
    dressage
    maneuvers of a horse in response to body signals by the rider
    showjumping, stadium jumping
    riding horses in competitions over set courses to demonstrate skill in jumping over obstacles
    cross-country jumping, cross-country riding
    riding horses across country over obstructions to demonstrate horsemanship
    three-day event
    an equestrian competition; the first day is dressage; the second is cross-country jumping; the third is stadium jumping
    type of:
    athletics, sport
    an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
  2. noun
    travel by being carried on horseback
    synonyms: horseback riding
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    bronco busting
    breaking a bronco to saddle
    endurance riding
    riding for long hours over long distances
    pack riding
    riding with a pack
    trail riding
    riding along a roughly blazed path
    type of:
    travel, traveling, travelling
    the act of going from one place to another
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