People often like to compete with animals, and they tend to end up winning. So the Dutch cyclist Johnny Hogerland decided to take part in a race against a racehorse at the track. As a result, the cyclist lost.
At the same time, Hogerland is a specialist in sprint and mountain distances, so he thought he would win in a duel with a horse. The very same competition was held at the racetrack in the Dutch city of Wolweg, where there was a charity event in order to fundraise money for children with cancer.
There were three races in total, where the Dutchman managed to win only one race out of three. In the last speed encounter, the horse named Unforgettable slightly outstripped the cyclist’s front wheel.
In fact, professional cyclists have repeatedly competed with horses, and they often won. But people manage to be faster due to their intelligence or due to the peculiarities of the competition. So in 2002, the famous American athlete Tom Johnson overtook a horse in the desert at a distance of 80 km. The race took place near the city of Abu Dhabi. And the horse, a famous racer, often took part in races.
But Johnson managed to win mostly due to his tricks. According to the rules, the horse must take a 40-minute break twice, where the jockey must feed and give the horse a drink. But the American runner took food and water on the run because of what he was able to overtake his opponent by 10 seconds.
Since 1980 in Wales (Great Britain), a race called “A man against a horse” has been held, where not only professionals but also amateurs take part in the competition. And at the end of 1980, cyclists have joined the race. The professional cyclist Tim Gould won a competition here in 1989 at a distance of 35 km on rough terrain. He overtook the horses by 3 minutes. Then cyclists were forbidden to participate in this marathon.
In 2004, Briton Hugh Lobb was for the first time faster than a horse without the use of a bicycle or other special means. And later, there were people who repeated the record, but they were hardly called winners because horses start 15 minutes later and also make stops for physical examinations.
Such a rivalry with nature is always in demand among the public, but it is still too early to judge who is faster – a man or a horse.
But in a dispute over who is faster – a car or a bicycle, the bicycle is getting the first place more and more ofter, while cars are increasingly stuck in traffic jams.
Benefits of Riding a Horse
If you’ve never been on a horse, first you should check the list of benefits of horse riding.
- Muscle strengthening. Any training on a horse, even if not the most intense, involves different muscle groups that affects your overall well-being. At the same time, you should follow safety guidelines when riding a horse. Thus, don’t forget to wear special protective gear, including a helmet for horseback riding.
- Mental health improving. Horse riding helps to overcome various issues perfectly, even the most terrible diseases. Many people have actually gotten rid of ailments thanks to horses. This is how a special rehabilitation technique appeared, which is called hippotherapy. In the course of such treatment, the nervous system is strengthened, the emotional background of both children and adults is normalized, stress and tension are relieved.
- Fears and complexes overcoming. Systematic horse riding, show jumping, equestrian tourism are a great way to build character, overcome fears and complexes. Strong-willed qualities are being developed, and you become more self-confident.
- A kind attitude towards animals promoting. The golden rule of any rider is to befriend a four-legged friend. The horse is a sensitive animal, and it will not submit to someone who wants to earn her devotion by brute force.
- Character traits improving. Apart from the perks mentioned above, a horse is also a great teacher. Of course, they cannot condemn and read boring notations, but many people are turning from young dictators into well-behaved boys and girls under the influence of such a companion.