Exploring Equestrian Disciplines: From Dressage to Horse Trials

The Difference Between Equestrian and Equitation

Horse racing is a complex sport steeped in tradition and laced with controversy. It requires superb horsemanship and strategic thinking to succeed.

Once seen as a stepping stone between hunters and jumpers, equitation classes have become more sophisticated, forcing course designers to ask tougher questions at the top levels of competition.


Dressage is a highly technical sport where judges are looking for a rider who rides with good position, thoughtfulness, and a seemingly effortless round. Riders are rewarded with top placings for their careful decisions and thoughtful riding, which is also known as “riding for the horse.”

Competitive dressage includes a series of movements in a lettered arena that are judged on a scale of zero to 10. Each test has its own set of requirements, from the USA National levels to the international FEI (Federal Equestrian International) level.

It takes a lot of time to master the required movements and riders must train their horses for hours on end to achieve success. Some people think that it’s only for the wealthy, but there are many riders who start out with modestly priced ponies or ex-racehorses and work their way up to the top of the sport. That’s because there isn’t one type of horse that’s best suited for dressage; any breed of horse can become a top-notch competitor.

Western Riding

Western riding is characterized by a loose rein style that focuses on subtle communication between horse and rider. Cues communicated through shifts in weight and minimal rein contact establish a partnership grounded in trust and seamless cooperation. From the adrenaline-pumping events of rodeos to the precision of reining, Western disciplines celebrate the heart and soul of a timeless equestrian tradition.

The horses used in western competitions are usually Appaloosa, Paint or Quarter Horse breeds. These larger, heavier horses are naturally fearless and calm, which makes them ideal workhorses for fast-paced sports like barrel racing, calf roping, team penning, and cutting.

The equipment used in Western competitions is flashier than that used for English riding, with bridles, bits, and saddles often ornamented in silver. Some competitive events also require specialized attire for riders, including embroidered shirts, color-coordinated chaps, and hats embellished with silver or rhinestones. These outfits, along with saddles and bridles, are designed to impress judges and competitors alike.

Horse Racing

Horse racing is a thrilling form of equestrian sport that has been practiced since ancient times. It involves horses gallop from a starting point to a finish line on a track without obstacles, such as flat racing (also known as Thoroughbred racing), steeplechasing, or harness racing.

A dance of agility and power, cutting competitions honor the enduring partnership between humans and horses in this riveting equestrian discipline. From the elegant dressage arena to the dynamic world of barrel racing, our equestrian blog introduces you to the fascinating universe of horseback riding disciplines. Discover how technical mastery and cultural heritage come together in these breathtaking sports. Each discipline has its own history, techniques, and competitions, all of which showcase a breathtaking connection between horse and rider. Horseback riding is more than just a sport; it’s an art and lifestyle.

Horse Trials

In this exhilarating equestrian sport, athletes and their horses race to complete an unforgiving course over a variety of obstacles. The unyielding demands of cross country require a harmonious collaboration between athlete and steed, where trust and communication are critical. The speedy nature of the discipline, often requiring a gallop (a sustained burst of speed), also exposes horse and rider to more risk from lameness injuries.

During the competition, competitors participate in three phases: Dressage, Cross-Country, and Stadium Jumping. The penalties from each phase are added together to form the competitor’s final score. The competitor with the lowest score wins.

Equitation is a discipline that emphasizes the rider’s position and technique as they navigate a course of fences. Most horse shows, especially school shows and regional or A-rated events offer equitation classes. In equitation, judges evaluate the riders’ ability to clear fences while maintaining balance and control. The discipline draws on the heritage of ranching and celebrates the intuitive partnership between horse and rider.

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Efficiently monitor fuel level with Equus fuel gauge

Equus 0-30 Ohm Fuel Gauge

Equus 0-30 ohm fuel gauge is an economical way to monitor your vehicle’s Fuel Level. Works with most ‘Late GM’ style senders (sold separately) equipped with a rheostat that creates a different resistance to ground when the fuel arm moves from empty to full position. Includes all necessary installation hardware. Black dial, chrome bezel and backlit illumination.

0-90 Ohms

JEGS offers a variety of fuel gauges to fit almost any application. Whether your vehicle uses a traditional or a fuel cell a good quality gauge is a must for proper and accurate readings. When selecting a fuel gauge first determine how it will be mounted such as in the dash, an add on panel, in a mounting cup, or on a gauge pillar. Then choose a gauge with the correct ohm rating to match your fuel sender.

The Equus 7000 Classic 2 in. electrical gauge features black dial with chrome bezel and back-lit illumination for efficient monitoring of your fuel level. Works with most 0-90 ohm ‘Late GM’ style fuel sending units. Includes installation hardware and adapters. This gauge requires a fuel sender with a center terminal that is grounded to the body of the car. If the gauge does not read correctly or pegs past full check your fuel sender for a ground issue.

0-100 Ohms

In order to get a accurate fuel gauge reading you need to use the correct sender. The sending unit has a rheostat that creates resistance to ground and this changes when the tank is empty or full. The gauge reads this variable resistance and indicates the fuel level.

JEGS has a wide selection of fuel gauges to choose from. These electric gauges can be mounted under the dash, on an add-on panel or on a gauge pillar. They can be found in a variety of diameters to fit your specific application. They can also be installed in a variety of mounting options such as a factory mount or a universal style sender.

This Equus 7000 Classic 2 in. electric gauge features elegant styling with a white dial and chrome bezel. It is compatible with 0-90 ohm late GM and Ford fuel level senders. This gauge has back-lit illumination for night use and includes red and green bulb covers. It features 1/4 in. male spade terminals for electrical connections and includes installation instructions in English, French and Spanish.

0-200 Ohms

When installing a fuel gauge it is important that the gauge and sender match each other. That means that the ohm (O) range must match. You can easily find out what your vehicles factory range is by searching for your vehicle make and year in the chart below.

The sender has a rheostat that provides a resistance to ground. As the fuel arm moves from empty to full a contact is moved across the rheostat which varies the resistance seen by the gauge. The gauge reads this resistance and displays the tank level. Obviously it is important that the sending unit has a good ground to work properly. Performing a simple multimeter test with the gauge disconnected and connected to the sender can confirm if the sender has a good ground or not. This is the same process that our tech line uses at New Vintage USA to help diagnose issues with fuel gauges. If the gauge is bouncing around with no power to the sender it probably does not have a good ground.

0-300 Ohms

The gauge works on a rheostat that provides a variable resistance to ground. When the fuel sender arm moves from empty to full a contact is moved across the rheostat creating different amounts of resistance which are read by the gauge and displayed on the screen. The gauge needs to be connected to a compatible fuel sending unit with the same ohms rating to work.

If your fuel gauge pegs past full you likely need a different fuel sending unit that is compatible with the gauge and has the proper ohms rating. Also make sure the gauge is getting electrical power (from the ignition switch).

This Equus 5000 Series black mounting panel features a white dial and chrome bezel electric instrument for efficiently monitoring your fuel level on vehicles equipped with a 0-60 or 0-90 ohm ‘Late GM’ style fuel sender. Includes installation hardware and back-lit illumination for night use. GM, Ford and early Chrysler (73-10 ohm) senders sold separately.

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