This can be traced back to ancient Greece where dressage was conceptualized and done to prepare the horses for battle. The horses’ natural movements while they are in a herd were recognized as a strategic and major advancement over armies that were on foot on the battlefield. The modern dressage that we know of today has been developed over the years right after the no-military people began to adopt it as a sport while retaining a number of its original principles.
In the ancient Olympics, horses were also used for chariot racing, while eventing originated for people to test and prepare their military horses for dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Also, modern equine sports have also adapted the pieces of equestrian athletics that are rooted in the tradition and history of hunting in England.
Wearables such as leather boots, riding jackets, breeches, and other clothing for equestrian competitions also were adapted from hunting practices in England.