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Would you consider horseback riding a sport?

Asked by: 66Piez
  • Horse riding is a sport and so much more

    So i've been reading some of the arguments against it,
    "A sport clinic said its not"
    Well, does the olympics agree? I think not.
    To be a sport it must have these things: Physical Exertion, skill, an element of competing against others or for entertainment. Think about it.
    Every time you wonder why the rider is just as sweaty as the horse, its because its tiring. We have to check everything around us while making precise movements. One slip could easily send you to hospital forever or even kill you.
    Skill. Equestrianism takes skill. You need to be patient, agile, swift thinking, gentle and persistant all at the same time. Many people cannot achieve this goal. But it's a must for riding because if you're impatient and have slow reactions you're guaranteed an injury.
    Have you ever jumped something twice your size, while praying for your life but trying to look calm? Trying to jump at the right moment? All this is going through our heads while people just as good as us are against us? Trying to perform a dance with an animal 10 times our size, and doesn't even speak our language AND trying to make the most suttle but obvious movements?
    Our horses care so, so much for us and make sure to be in-time and correct. Although from the untrained eye it will look different but for us, its everything. We try to pay them back by spending thousands of dollars on their health and wellbeing.

    So, Is it really a sport?
    No, It's so, so much more

  • Horse riding is a sport and so much more

    So i've been reading some of the arguments against it,
    "A sport clinic said its not"
    Well, does the olympics agree? I think not.
    To be a sport it must have these things: Physical Exertion, skill, an element of competing against others or for entertainment. Think about it.
    Every time you wonder why the rider is just as sweaty as the horse, its because its tiring. We have to check everything around us while making precise movements. One slip could easily send you to hospital forever or even kill you.
    Skill. Equestrianism takes skill. You need to be patient, agile, swift thinking, gentle and persistant all at the same time. Many people cannot achieve this goal. But it's a must for riding because if you're impatient and have slow reactions you're guaranteed an injury.
    Have you ever jumped something twice your size, while praying for your life but trying to look calm? Trying to jump at the right moment? All this is going through our heads while people just as good as us are against us? Trying to perform a dance with an animal 10 times our size, and doesn't even speak our language AND trying to make the most suttle but obvious movements?
    Our horses care so, so much for us and make sure to be in-time and correct. Although from the untrained eye it will look different but for us, its everything. We try to pay them back by spending thousands of dollars on their health and wellbeing.

    So, Is it really a sport?
    No, It's so, so much more

  • Riding is A sport

    Riding horses is a sport. If you look up the definition of sport and equestrianism they both say they take skill. The definition of sport says that the interaction with individual or teams against each other. And like roping and Bronc riding they both take skill and it is a competition against each other. And the roping is in a team matter. Even thought i think that Bronc Riding is some what abusive to the horses. Pulse if it is in the Olympics it has to be a sport. Horse are an amazing creature and it takes a lot of skills to ride ether a crazy horse or even a well trained horse. So stop calling it not a sport and call it a sport gosh darn-it. Stop abusing horses and other animals and appreciate what they do for you and that they don't always try to kill you. They are the best things in the world.

  • Riding is a sport and here is why

    If you look up the definition of equestrianism (mind the spelling) you will get the skill or sport of horse riding. As an Olympic sport it is divided into three disciplines: show jumping, dressage, and the three-day event (combining show jumping, dressage, and cross-country riding). Not to mention we riders work hard and love what we do. So you already know what the definition of equestrianism is so why don't i tell you the definition of sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Let me see physical exertion equestrians can check that off, skill which a individual or team competes against another or others yep! Yet not all of us do it for entertainment some of us (like me) ride for the special bond and love for the beautiful,smart,caring, and willing animals. So next time you want to go tell someone riding isn't a sport here is why you are completely WRONG, i mean seriously here is your proof and if you want go and do research on your own. So please show a little respect for the people risking their lives and enjoying the special bond and love for the amazing animals we know today.

  • Umm yah it is

    Horseback riding isn't a sport? I'm sure that's why it's in the Olympics -_- For all of those people stating horseback riding is NOT a sport, I'd like to see you jump on my horse and try to handle it and tell me it didn't wear you out just a tad. Not only is it a sport, it's the third most dangerous sport in the world.

  • Just read It IS A SPORT

    You think equestrianism is NOT a sport?
    You say it takes NO skill!
    You tell me you just SIT there!
    You tell me that the HORSE does ALL the work!
    You say it takes NO strength!
    You say it’s NOT DANGEROUS!

    Let me tell you
    Have you ever fallen off of a 7ft animal jumping a 6ft jump,
    And almost DIED.
    Have you felt like you are flying with your teammate over a jump?
    Have you danced with something that speaks a different language?
    Have you ever had a teammate that you felt you have a stronger bond than your dearest friend?
    Have you been so sore from hours of training that when you wake up the next day you can barely MOVE?
    Have you ever used EVERY single MUSCLE in your body to make the horse look pretty while walking?
    Have you ever thought about the risk that equestrians take every time they get ON a horse?
    Have you ever jumped a jump without falling and use NO muscle?
    You just think we sit there while we jump with a horse 7ft in the air we just SIT there?
    Do you think the equine Olympians just “sit” there and do nothing while the horse willingly jumps over a 11 ft jump at least 12 times in just a few minutes, without falling off?
    You think that jockeys just sit on the horse back while it's going at a speed of 64 miles per hour? NO they do not, the horse could take one LITTLE trip and fall… the horse and jockey get TRAMPLED by 1200lb animals!
    Have you ever communicated with someone/something without speaking?


    Here: heels down, make a straight line with your shoulder heel, and hip, chin up, eyes forward, look where you're going, back straight, elbows in, thumbs up, hands 6 inches apart, thighs very tight, calf very tight, core tight, frame your horse, self carriage, and courage.



    Just because it’s a horse does not mean it can’t be our teammate!
    Equestrian is the MOST DANGEROUS sport in the WORLD!!!
    You can die any SECOND!
    In dance you can’t die in a second, not in basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, football, gymnastics, golf, rugby, lacrosse, hockey, ice skating, roller derby ( I don’t know if that's a sport), shooting, ANY sports you don’t have your life on the line EVERY second!

    Before you say ANYTHING…. Think to yourself before judging one of the most HARDEST AND DANGEROUS sports in the WORLD. Think the risk and dedication, strength courage, bond, training that equestrians do.
    Why would they have it in the Olympics? Hmmmmm? Because it’s a SPORT, we don’t spend over millions of dollars for a “hobby” and win medals, get killed, break several of bones… over a “hobby”.
    So again THINK to yourself how mad it makes equestrians when your best friend or stranger ( maybe even parent) tell you your favorite sport is “not a sport, takes no strength, you just sit there, it takes no skill”

  • Yes it is

    Over 200 deaths are fatal. Yes we do complain about our muscles because we train 7 days a week over 200 hours spent at the stables, try taking control over a 1,200 pound animal with the mind of its own. Its hard. If you think its so easy, get on a pony, try one that is around four feet tall. They are sassy, and some of the most hard core riders cant control them, go to youtube and look up, is horse back riding a sport and watch all their videos. Then come back and write a review.

  • It is a sport

    Yes, it is a sport. There is a difference between trail rides when your walking on a horse that's old and won't do anything and is really calm and riding a horse that will do everything and is not calm at all and your cantering, loping, or galloping and trotting

  • Tell me more about how football is not is the olympics?

    You may thing wrong but i believe that horse riding is a sport. You may think NO that is not all you do id SIT there but we do not. Please read this and take my point of view from i come as as i am an equestrian.

    You may think is is not dangerous, but is is. Okay let's take my horse for example she is 15 hands (5 feet) and no I have not fallen off yet but I soon will, you fall off from 5 FEET and then your horse steps on your leg (not all the time but) you get up to see if the horse is okay and continue.

    An activity involving physical exertion and in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. That is the definition of a sport let's go through it. 1. An activity involving physical exertion and skill, When we trot we do a thing called a posting trot which means we bounce up and down in a saddle with our horses stride, we can't use our legs we use our core. Also our two point is what we do when we jump and it takes all the core muscle out of us. 2.In which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. We do compete against others in english (what i do) and western we compete in shows (english) and rodeos (western or there may be shows in western too i don't do western). Yes, this can provide entertainment for us, I love to watch the grand prix show jumping and dressage, also for the olympics.

    Not dangerous? Read this: Both girls died on the cross-country course, from rotational falls. The cross-country phase is considered particularly dangerous as it involves galloping over solid obstacles on mixed terrain. Falls in this phase typically occur from height and at speed.
    Where a horse clips a solid fence and falls rotationally, there is a risk of it falling on – and killing – the rider. One researcher documented rider deaths in all levels of eventing across the globe. She identified 59 confirmed rider deaths between 1993 and 2015. That is an estimated global average of 2.68 deaths per year from eventing. That os just eventing!


    If you don't agree please don't criticize but I do believe horse riding is a sport for all of the reasons above. If you think riding is not a sport then just try the things equestrians do both english and western. I love horses and this sport needs to be respected. Please take time and go over this again because I strongly believe horse riding is a sport. Equestrian /ɪˈkwɛstrɪən/ adjective 1. Of or relating to horses and riding 2. On horseback; mounted 3. Depicting or representing a person on horseback: an equestrian statue

  • Yes horseback riding is a sport!

    This is because is you look up the definition of horseback riding you will easily see that it means-The SPORT or activity of riding horses an if that's not good enough well hears this....You guys call us horse people equestrian the definition of that is-A rider or performer on horse back. Funny right horse back riding and equestrian both have HORSEBACK involved...Everyone performs in sports from Gymnastics to football from tennis to Golf. What makes riding and performing on horse back any different? Nothing exactly! Usually people say to horse riding is easy something has to be considered hard or dangerous to be called a sport. Or it has to involve working and not just sitting. Well...Riding involves all of those and its more dangerous than football. Want to know why...Yea we have a helmet but you guys have padding all over...You fall from a few feet goes pretty slow. We fall from far up moving sometimes about 20 mph. Your sport is usually is one season...I said usually. Are IS all year round. Next we actually work on the horse...We have to communicate with a animal that is 10x are size and doesn't speak our language and could kill us but we trust them...We have to jump things sometimes bigger than our horse and may die from ONE MISTAKE this sports risks our life every time we put our ass in that saddle we think this could be our last day...Next time think because it truly is a sport!!!!!!!

  • It is not a sport.

    I consider horse back riding being to lazy to walk. If you don't like walking then buy a car not a horse, horses are just animals and they are dumb. You have to train them, feed them, clean them and groom them. Like I said before To lazy to walk.

  • It's not a sport

    Yeah you control a 1000 lb animal but farmers control 100x that and farming isn't a sport. If you need to question whether or not something is a sport, it probably isn't one. I get that you're passionate about your activity but that doesn't mean you need to call it a sport.
    BACKGROUND: I know many people who do horseback riding and have experience with it myself.

  • Deff not a sport

    In all honesty, riding a horse isn't difficult. Even if it's considered a sport, a jockey isn't an athlete. There's minimal physical movement involved in riding a horse. Just let the horse do its job. I don't know why I need fifty words but I'll add three more words now.

  • It isn't a sport, it's a hobby.

    Horseback riders complain about sitting on a horse and having but pain, they say because they have to use their thighs you have to be fit. Wrestlers, mama fighters, football players. What do they have in common? Oh yeah they're actually athletic so they can play. Can't say the same about equestrians it's basically only one spot above competitive videogames

  • No, it is not a sport

    All the "yes" arguments fail.

    All I can read about is:
    The horse is tall and hard to climb (still doesn't make it a sport though)
    You have pain in your muscles, yeah sure. But does that make it a sport?
    The horse does most of the work.

    I know it's fun taking care of a horse and do parcours and stuff, but do you move more than that horse?

  • Don't harm animals.

    It is not a sport just harming animals.It was used in past to go to from one place to another place.Now we have vehicles to move from one place to another, so, they are using horse ,bulls,etc animals for games.First of all the police should catch the players who play with animals.

  • No Not at all

    Sport is like soccer or hockey, riding a horse is a luxury or a pass time. Yes there is sport riding like racing barrels or jumping, but horse back riding in general is not a sport. You may have to use strength to stay on and to control the animal but that is not a sport, like saying driving a 4 wheeler is a sport.

  • Riding Isn't a sport

    Yes the rider does a lot of work but at the end of the day, the horses actions are what result in the final product. Be it running, jumping etc., without the horse pushing off the ground it doesn't happen. For all the people who say "if you say riding isn't a sport you're intimidated because our ball has a mind of its own, stop. You can't compared a 4 legged, living animal to an inanimate object that can't do anything unless you directly move it yourself
    @IsRidingASport

  • Riding Isn't a sport

    Yes the rider does a lot of work but at the end of the day, the horses actions are what result in the final product. Be it running, jumping etc., without the horse pushing off the ground it doesn't happen. For all the people who say "if you say riding isn't a sport you're intimidated because our ball has a mind of its own, stop. You can't compared a 4 legged, living animal to an inanimate object that can't do anything unless you directly move it yourself
    @IsRidingASport

  • Horseback riding is not a sport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Horseback riding is not a sport because all you do is sit on the horse while it does all of the work. The only time you actually have to work is when you are doing no stirrups of your horse. Just because it is in the olympics does not mean it is a sport


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