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post #1 of 21 Old 12-29-2009, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Bother you?

Does it bother you when people say horse riding isnt a sport?
It makes me really mad

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post #2 of 21 Old 12-29-2009, 11:27 AM
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I guess its like anything that is also a recreational pastime. Playing catch in the yard may not be called a sport, but a regulation baseball game is. Does that make sense?
Same, a leisurely trail ride is not the same as a competitive endurance or trail ride. The later may be called a sport but the walk through the woods would not in my opinion.
I guess if there is no competition I don't consider it a sport.


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In my opinion two things classify a sport, physical activity and competition.

It does bother me after I get off my horse and I am sweating as much as he is, that's physical activity.

And as far as competition whether at a show or riding at the barn there is always a sense of wanting to be the best that you can be, being better than the next rider. Perhaps that's only me, I have a pretty competitive personality.

Sure some people only trail ride but than a lot of people only kick a soccer ball around for some fun, soccer is still a sport. I just try to remember that when someone says that riding isn't a sport chances are they've never really 'rode' a horse.

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a little!! Yes!
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I agree w/ the first two answers alot!

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Nope! If it bothered me every time someone said something I did not totally agree with I would spend lots of time being bothered.

I agree with Emmy and Vidaloco.
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-29-2009, 02:05 PM
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It used to, now I just smile and feel sorry for the poor, misinformed soul who said it.

FWIW I don't consider playing poker or competitive eating 'sports', but some people do.

I've often wondered how gluttony (which is one of the 7 deadly sins) is now something to aspire after?
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post #8 of 21 Old 12-29-2009, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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The thing is..most of the people that say it have never been on a horse in their life! So they seem kinda stupid saying it

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So instead of getting upset about it try to explain how much work riding a horse can be if you do it regularly, etc.

Otherwise let them be clueless and smile.
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post #10 of 21 Old 12-29-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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o..i don't blow up at anyone, don't get me wrong here It can just be agitating:)

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