Mounted Archery and Horseback Archery, even Horse Archery, can all be used interchangeably. There are trends within groups that show one variation used more than the others, but we find them all acceptable.
There are many ways to nock your first arrow: Take a clinic or a lesson, join a club, watch some YouTube videos. The goal of this website is to offer you the resources to get started and continue growth in our sport.
No! You can be involved at any gait as long as you and your equine partner are safe and happy. National and International competition is going to be done at the canter, however there are local events that have walk and trot divisions, and if competing isn't your gig, just have fun and be safe at any gait.
While you can find bows and arrows on sites like Amazon or Ebay, you should be cautious. Unless you know the reputation of the seller and can trust the quality of their equipment, you and your horse could wind up in a world of hurt. We sell horseback archery equipment at Tennessee Valley Archery LLC and are happy to match you up with trusted brands and manufacturers wether it come directly off our shelves or we refer you to another provider.
If your intention is to compete, your bow will need to meet a few requirements. They are listed below. If you do not plan to compete, you can use a bow with a shelf, but any other additions such as pulleys or stabilizers are a huge safety concern.
According to International Horseback Archery Alliance Rules defining legal equipment for competition:
3.3 A bow is defined as an instrument consisting of a grip (handle) and two flexible limbs each ending in a tip with a string nock. The bow is braced for use only by a single string attached directly between the two string nocks, and in operation is held in one hand by its grip (handle) while the string is drawn and released using the other hand.
3.3.1 Bows shall be of traditional form and of traditional or modern construction, including the use of modern materials. Any draw weight may be used. No arrow shelves, rests, cut-out windows, stabilisers, weights or mechanical releases shall be permitted.
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