Horse Soccer is quickly gaining popularity! Why wouldn’t it? It’s a great way to get together with your horsey friends and have fun. It’s a wonderful activity that promotes horse and rider working together using concentration and focus while having a terrific time.
However, as natural horsemanship advocates, we believe Horse Soccer should be much more than just a competition. No yanking, cranking and kicking horses (often scared or stressed), to accomplish a goal of winning. Instead this activity should put principle to purpose once a basic foundation is in place, to strengthen a bond of trust and communication between horse and human, and become a way to support each other in the natural horsemanship journey.
The following suggested rules are just guidelines and this training task can be tailored to suit your individual needs and training level. The only hard fast rules are:
The number of horse/rider players is up to you. It can be just one against one or up to eight on each team. If playing with multiple riders/horses, often one goal keeper for each team is used.
Again, this is up to your individual needs. Consider:
Ensure you schedule a short break between halves for rest, water, and strategy planning. The ball can be moved by the horse by pushing with his nose or foot or kicked by the rider.
The ball is placed in center field and initiated at that point.
The non-scoring team will be given possession in front of their goal upon scoring. Once they pass the halfway field mark, play begins.
If ball goes out of bounds, it is thrown in by an unmounted person or referee.