Para dressage made its debut at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games and it is the only equestrian discipline included in the Games. Men and women compete against each other equally within their specific grades, with riders competing on their own horses.
Para dressage is conducted under the same basic rules as the dressage. The horse has to perform at a walk, trot and canter, and all tests are ridden from memory and follow a prescribed pattern of movements. The only exception is the freestyle which is specifically choreographed for each horse and is performed to music.
There is also a team test that involves three to four members.
Riders are judged on their display of horsemanship skills and are permitted to use devices such as dressage crops, connecting rein barns, rubber bands and other aids.