equitation

noun
eq·ui·ta·tion | \ ˌe-kwə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of equitation 

: the act or art of riding on horseback

First Known Use of equitation

1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for equitation

Middle French, from Latin equitation-, equitatio, from equitare to ride on horseback, from equit-, eques horseman, from equus horse

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