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post #11 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 07:05 PM
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lol. My AP Language teacher has drilled into our head that they are bad on that sort of thing, but if your teacher isnt as anal about them as mine is it probably wouldnt be too big of a deal.
Haha, mine too. She doesn't want us to start with quotes or questions.

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post #12 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 07:55 PM
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An easy point would be to talk about all of the deaths and injuries that come from riding. In terms of ranking the most dangerous sports by those numbers, I'm sure riding would be towards the top of the list.
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post #13 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 08:34 PM
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I would have gotten SSSSOOOOOO MAD at them, but any way show them pictures of racing, jumping, barrel racing etc and show them how much of a sport horseback riding is! (technically it's harder and more of a sport than baseball or something)

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post #14 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 08:58 PM
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Lol, put one of the kids on a horse that says that riding is NOT a sport, and see what they say after the ride!!
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post #15 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 09:15 PM
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Lawl put them on an OTTB... See what they do then.
You could always bring up horse racing if it comes to it. They might see that.

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post #16 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys here my finished speech....tell me if it needs any tweaking!
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100 people died last year from horseback riding accidents. That’s about 5 times as many people that are in this classroom right now. I think horseback riding is a sport and these are just a few of the reasons why. It is in the Olympics, there is a great deal of teamwork involved and you have to practice like any other sport.
First of all, horseback riding is a sport because it’s in the Olympics. As far as I know, every event in the Olympics is a sport, because that’s what it is, a huge event with many SPORTS involved. If you think that horseback riding is just a person sitting there, you’re wrong. Riders aid the horses, steer, keep them going etc. Compare an 1100 pound animal to control and a 2 pound football. A big difference don’t you think?
Secondly, there is teamwork involved in horseback riding, not only between the other riders and you, but between the horse and rider. A horse many not always do what you want it to, whereas a soccer ball will go wherever your feet take it. Just like soccer you have to rely on your team members to do well. You rely on them to help you, and your teammates rely on you to help them. Horses rely on you to aid them and you rely on them to get you where you want to be safely.
Lastly, you need to practice like any other sport. In volleyball, you cannot expect to be perfect after not playing for 3 weeks, the same with riding a horse. You always have to be at the top of your game. It takes a great deal of physical and mental strength to play football, the same exact thing with horseback riding.
In conclusion, I think horseback riding is a sport. Every time a person gets on a horses back, they risk their lives. I know it is a sport because it is in the Olympics, there is a great deal of teamwork and you have to practice like any other sport.

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post #17 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 09:42 PM
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I wouldnt knock other sports as much in your paper. At least not bluntly. I find it puts the listener on the defense. Also, it seems a bit repetitive. Maybe you could explain the events that are in the olympics and what you have to do? Explain that horseback riding as you are talking about it isnt sitting on a trail horse and following a guide. Talk about the physical and mental conditioning needed to excell in the sport?
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post #18 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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thanks! Ill try and tweak it up a bit, see what I can do....but my rubric says its supposed to be an arguement...so there you go! Ill put up a fight!
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post #19 of 47 Old 02-23-2009, 11:04 PM
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Doing what I suggested, IMO, would give you a stronger argument. Especially explaining the different types of competition, you have to realize they may just think of horse riding as walking around attached to a hot walker or something.
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post #20 of 47 Old 02-24-2009, 05:06 AM
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definitely point out that it is physically demanding, takes YEARS of practice, requires a great skill base and improves your physical endurance, strength and fitness.
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