Working equitation (Portuguese – “Equitação de Trabalho”, Spanish – “Doma de Trabajo”, French – “l’equitation de travail”, Italian – “Monta de Lavoro”) as a sport was developed in the Iberian workplace where they herd cattle. In Portugal this riding developed into a tournament discipline.

Since 1996 there have been working equitation tournaments. By now they have taken place in 11 European countries. Working equitation has also increased in popularity in Austria.

Traditionally the master class is ridden one-handed to free the other hand for other activities. This Iberian-Portuguese way of riding contains many elements of classical dressage and depends on a flexible horse.

The competition consists of 4 parts:

  • Dressage
  • Trail
  • Speed Trail
  • Cattle Work

Professional Portuguese riders report that they have been regularly cooling their horses with cooling boots. Again the top priority is to keep your equine partner in top condition. Healthy horse legs are the indispensable capital for the horse owner. For the amateur there is still a lack of knowledge regarding the correct cooling of the horse. Many horses of amateur and hobby riders unfortunately still do not enjoy the comfort and preventative measures of a post-event therapy.

Whether you want to support the horse athlete in a preventative capacity, treat an acute or abating injury, or treat your leisure partner horse with a soothing wellness chill-out: Cold therapy is a wonderful solution.

Although it has been proven that cryotherapy achieves very good treatment results in both humans and horses, this effective treatment is still underused in equestrian sports. Cryotherapy used on a regular basis is a simple way to keep the horse fresh, fit and healthy.

Areas of application for efficient emcools HypoCarbon® Cryotherapy for the horse:

  • For faster recovery of the equine athlete
  • For acute and old injuries
  • As a therapeutic application
  • Prevention of heat stroke
  • As a wellness chill-out for our partner “the horse”

Working Equitation


Endurance Riding and Arabian Thoroughbreds