Equestrians not only ride horses for recreational purposes, but also for reasons as varied as competitive sports and transportation. As horse riding takes experience, precision and skill, some equestrian hopefuls may opt to gain virtual practice before trying the real thing. Online horse riding games feature players jumping over hurdles, racing against other riders, and taking on other equestrian challenges.
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Players ride a horse in the countryside in "The Chestnut Horse," accessible at Horse Games. Using the directional arrow keys to gallop and guide the horse, players press the spacebar to jump fences. Players lose a life upon touching a fence or obstacle. Players try to jump fences and score enough points to advance to the next level in "Jorja and Jigsaw's Jump Off," found at Utterly Horses & Pony Magazine. In this game, players lose points if they miss or touch part of the fence. "Show Jumping," accessible at Miniclip, challenges players to complete courses in allocated time frames. This 3D game displays arrows to guide players through courses.
Pigs try to evade a horse rider in "Nicki's Roundup," located at AGame. Players control the horse and throw a lasso at pigs to round them up. Colliding with obstacles costs players one energy bead. Brown rabbits give players a special brown rope, while white rabbits restore one energy bead. The game ends if players lose three energy beads, or when nighttime arrives. Felicity and her horse Penny search the woods to find her father's injured apprentice in "Penny's Courageous Ride," accessible at American Girl. Players jump fences, logs, rocks and walls in this game, and earn points for successful jumps and collecting apples and carrots. An unsuccessful jump costs players one life. The game ends when players find the apprentice or lose all lives.
Players engage in multiple horse events in "Horse Athletics," accessible at Horse Games. The game consists of "Three Furlong Sprint" and "Hedge Hurdle Dash" race events, as well as "Jockey Shot Put" and "Jockey Hammer Throw," in which players try to throw jockeys as far as possible. For "Water Triple Jump," players jump over water and in the sand. For each event, players start out tapping the "Left" and "Right" arrow keys rapidly. Riders choose their horse and customise their look for multiple events in "Horse Eventing" at GirlsGoGames. In this game, players jump over fences in "Show Jumping" and make their horse mimic movements at the right time in "Dressage." Players must collect the required number of flags before time runs out in the "Cross Country" portion of the game.
Jumping fences with accuracy earns players the highest points in "Steeplechase Challenge," located at Mousebreaker. As the blue jockey, players earn up to 50 points per fence and must win each race to continue in the game. Players slow down if they mistime a jump. To boost speed, players use whips on the horse. Clicking at the precise time boosts players' speed and points in "Superstar Jockey," accessible at Play Horse Games. In this game, players click the screen when the green bar on the gallopmeter reaches the central white zone. If players miss the white zone, the horse slows down. With 30 seconds to score as many points as possible, players receive a three-second bonus for each horse they overtake.
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