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[hawrs-muh n-ship] /ˈhɔrs mənˌʃɪp/
the art, ability, skill, or manner of a horseman.
Origin of horsemanship
First recorded in 1555-65; horseman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Every year they shall have contests in music and gymnastics, and in horsemanship, in honour of the dead.

    Laws Plato
  • Did ever any man believe in horsemanship, and not in horses?

    Apology Plato
  • You are all off about my horsemanship; as you would say if you saw me now.

  • There was no feat of horsemanship to which he was not equal.

    Historic Boyhoods

    Rupert Sargent Holland
  • I only felt drearily that I had had my last ride, I had had enough of horsemanship for ever!

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • I accompanied my father on his rides, and I saw he was proud of my horsemanship.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • There have been many funny books written about horsemanship!

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • horsemanship is with them, as with the Arab of the Sahara, a necessary part of their education.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • Each was a master of fence, and the horsemanship was as perfect.

British Dictionary definitions for horsemanship


the art of riding on horseback
skill in riding horses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for horsemanship

1560s, from horseman + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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