Horseback Riding is a Sport, and so much more!
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According to Google a sport is: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.
You might say it takes no skill, muscle, and that there is no team involved, even in competitions. However, it takes a lot of skill. Try going from a simple walk to a canter with no trotting in between. As for muscle? Come on, your goal is to get a 1500 lb animal who is 10 times bigger than you and has a mind and soul of its own. And as for the team, although you may not think about it, the horse and the rider are team mates who can only communicate with each other through silence.
A lot of people who admit that it's a sport, say it's an "only-girls'" sport. Actually there are more men in the world who ride than women. Also, men are better built for riding. Now, I'm not saying that men are always BETTER at it than women. Obviously, everyone knows that the only way to get better at something is by doing it often. What I am saying is that men a physically more built for it.
I've had someone tell me that it's the rider's fault if he/she falls. This is an invalid statement. Again, horses are animals bigger, and stronger than humans with minds of their own. You can never have 100% control over a horse. It could choose to buck, rear, stand on its hind legs, or throw you off at any given moment. Also, all riders fall at some point in their life. Horses also can spook at just about anything.
Another thing I've heard is that, "okay it's a sport but it's easy... all you do is sit there". Those people, either a) have never ridden and have seen how effortless riders make it look b) ride but are beginners or c) have only been on a horse at one of those carnival rides where you sit there and a leader takes you around. To be honest that carnival ride is not actual riding. Riders make it look effortless, but in reality it takes tons of effort, and beginners will soon learn how difficult it is once they become more advanced, that is if they keep riding.
Horseback riding is very dangerous. One mistake could mean you'll never see the sun again. I have heard many stories of people getting, seriously injured, paralyzed, or even killed, and some injuries occur on ground. One story is about how one woman fell off and was paralyzed for the rest of her life. My instructor was bitten by a horse. Some stories I've seen first-hand. One day I was riding with my group and two horses got into a little fit, and one of the horses stood up, and, from fear, the rider, also my friend, lost his grip on the reins and slipped off. His skull went in by a centimeter. One centimeter may not sound like a lot but when it comes to bones denting, that's a lot. It was enough to have him unconscious for the rest of the day, and to send him to the hospital. THANK GOD he's okay now, but that could have been different. But THANK GOD!
(Sorry for such a long start, I just feel strongly about this topic)
My instructors, both at my regular lessons and at my camp
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One reason i think horse riding isnt a sport is because it doesn't require much physical skill. (Getting a horse from a walk to a canter isn't good for it). I play hockey, ski, and mountian bike and used to play soccer and base ball. Compared to ice hockey, horseback riding isnt physical it all. Yes, you are controlling a large animal but most of it includes common sense. Hockey is skating up and down the ice, shooting pucks, and checking (slamming people into plexiglass).
Another reason i think its not a sport is because it isn't very competative. I play ice hockey and we have people trash talk, give dirty looks, and fight. I dont see horse riders fight or trash talk. I've been to my fare share of competitions and dont see how its competative. When i went to completions people where generally friendly, laid back, and not competative. The definition of sport even had competitiveness.
Last i dont think horseback riding is a sport because, except for barrel racing, in competitions its judged by scores given by a judge. Scores in baseball or soccer games record the points of the game. The score reflects how well the judge thought the competitor did. Even the judge has knowledge of the sport it can still be bias and different people have different opinions so it isn't accuret. Also the score in other sports gives the exact mark of points. Scores vary a lot.
Also next time can you make yours shorter? I made mine long because you did.
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