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post #21 of 47 Old 02-24-2009, 06:09 AM
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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.

Eventing is actually clssified as an extreme sport. Although I dont believe pointing out negative aspects of the sport will help persuede people.
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i'd also look up how many calories riding burns and compare it to other sports. i read somewhere that it burns more then jogging, but is a little below rock climbing. that's a lot! burning calories means lots of work and muscle activity! plus you can talk about increased heart rate and how that's good for your body, etc.
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Compare it to playing soccer.Horseback riding is WAYYY more complex then kicking a ball around.You could become a pro at soccer in a day but become a horseback riding pro in a day..NO way!
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Eventing is actually clssified as an extreme sport. Although I dont believe pointing out negative aspects of the sport will help persuede people.
It isn't the sport that is dangerous - it is the riders who go out there with no respect for the fences.

08', there were allot of accidents that occured, especially at lower levels - because we have riders going out there unprepared, uneducated, thinking WEEE THIS IS FUN, without proper training under an experienced, knowledgeable eventing coach.

Accidents happen in all aspects of this equestrian world - because of lack of preperation and training.
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Compare it to playing soccer.Horseback riding is WAYYY more complex then kicking a ball around.You could become a pro at soccer in a day but become a horseback riding pro in a day..NO way!
I disagree. I don't know if you were joking or not though. I think if she starts putting down other sports, she's not going to show them anything. She'll just be doing what they were about riding.
I'm sure a hardcore soccer player would be just as insulted as she was if she said Soccer was easy.
I've played soccer. I failed. It wasn't easy.
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I was joking but just pointing out that horseback riding is a bit more complex then other sports.Sorry if I insulted anyone there ..:P
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Nope! I just couldnt tell if you were joking or not :) Sorry. I was more or less commenting at some of the remarks in OPs paper
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It isn't the sport that is dangerous - it is the riders who go out there with no respect for the fences.

08', there were allot of accidents that occured, especially at lower levels - because we have riders going out there unprepared, uneducated, thinking WEEE THIS IS FUN, without proper training under an experienced, knowledgeable eventing coach.

Accidents happen in all aspects of this equestrian world - because of lack of preperation and training.

I never made any mention of it being dangerous. Extreme Sport and dangerous are two very different things.
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Stick the non-believers on a horse for 10 minutes, smack its butt, and watch them try to hold on, lol. Sorry, that was mean, but sounded fun! I think that after they got off and couldn't walk for 3 days they'd get the picture.
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On the back of a previous suggestion - here's a good 'calories burned' comparison site!
Calories Burned Calculator, Very Accurate, Quick and Easy.

I would also mention the different types of physical conditioning you need: suppleness, balance, strength and stamina.

Good luck, pursuade those non-believers!!
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