Horse football craze gallops into Gretna equestrian centre
Last updated at 15:00, Thursday, 10 June 2010
When you get hacked off with the World Cup why not mount up for a kick around with a difference?
The players are four-legged, do not demand multi-million pound pay packets and rather than celebrating victory with a bottle of Champagne, they’d be happy with a bale of hay.
Horse football could be the latest craze to gallop into the region and it’s kicking off at a new equestrian centre in Gretna.
Sheena Little and Isobel Ireland discovered the sport online and decided to import it from the US to Graitney Equestrian.
Sheena said: “Horse soccer is something that’s very big in America - it’s a four foot high football.
“It’s good exercise and a lot of fun. The horses take about half a day to get used to the ball - it will take a bit longer to learn the offside rule.
“We’re hoping to get a football team going and who knows, maybe a league.”
The ball is specially designed to withstand being bitten and stamped upon. It has an internal inflatable bladder that will deflate slowly rather than burst with a loud bang.
Playing football helps to train the horses against spooking, said Isobel.
She added: “I was a bit sceptical about horse football at first but they seem to really love it and enjoy a kick about.”
There are 14 livery stables and an Olympic-sized arena at the centre, which is having an open day on June 19 when anyone can come and watch a match.
First published at 14:43, Thursday, 10 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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I have been playing Horse Ball with my Shire horses since late last year and they love it. I am trying to incourage others to do it so I can play a match.