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Equestrian Tack: May the Best Horse NOT Win

In an athletic competition is it the competitor with the most athleticism who wins?  Nope   In equestrian sports is it the horse with best athletic ability, breeding and temperament who wins?  Not particularly.  Is it the rider with the most experience, the best equestrian tack and the best horse riding helmet  who wins?  Nope.  

The winner is,  what  was formally  believed to be an intangibles of the rider, his or her mood.  More specifically, the  rider’s mood state or emotional composure prior to the competition.  An article in the Journal of Applied Sports Psychology found that the most critical factor in equestrian sports competitions is the rider’s emotional composure or mood.    The study took 13 advanced and 13 novice riders and measured their various moods prior to competition using a POMS questionnaire, Profile of Mood States Questionnaire.  Analysis called multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was then performed.  The results were that the levels of confusion between the novice and advanced riders were significant.  The advanced riders also had better processing efficacy and task-specific concentration as compared to the novices. 

 So you in your shiny new horse riding helmet, perfect horse, your full seat breeches , you look good, your horse looks good, you are going to win….only if you are in the mood.

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