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post #41 of 47 Old 05-08-2009, 04:52 PM
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Awh I wish I saw this thread earlier when it was relevant to the OP :(

I have a BSc in Sport Science and I spent every day of the 4 years defending horse riding as a sport!! Turns out that after all my persuasion one of my professors began working with "equestrian athletes" like jockeys and doing all the same tests and experiments on them and the results are very interesting...and proof to people who do not believe that our hobby is a sport

Also according to literature Equestrian sport is only surpassed in "danger" by American Football. This only applies to the US so I am not sure if it would apply to countries with Rugby, Gaelic Football etc. but still could convince a boy.... they like that sort of stuff :P
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post #42 of 47 Old 05-10-2009, 12:15 AM
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i would put in horse racing. and also the Kentucky derby exceeds supperbowl veiwers and plus its only 2min long
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look at the date jesse, 3 months ago, sorry, but thanks!
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Definitely a sport! So many sports fall under the horse category. I did a paper on horse sport in school.
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post #45 of 47 Old 05-11-2009, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by LacyLove View Post
look at the date jesse, 3 months ago, sorry, but thanks!
woops i feel like a dumb @$$ lol so it up at the top of the forums didn't even look at when the first post was made lol. guess somebody resurrected it lol.
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post #46 of 47 Old 05-12-2009, 12:42 AM
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This is all I have to say, if fishing is a sport, how can horse riding *not* be?

Here's the definition of Sport:
–noun 1. an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc. 2. a particular form of this, esp. in the out of doors. 3. diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.
Haha! #3 means that by definition, even riding for pleasure is a sport!
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post #47 of 47 Old 05-12-2009, 08:41 PM
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OK so after I saw this thread we were assigned a research paper in my ap lanuage and composition class in which we had to pick a side on a controversial subject so I picked this topic and I just thought I would share it with you! =]

Horseback riding is a risky and economically beneficial sport that requires much teamwork between the horse and rider. ‘Each year in the United States, an estimated 30 million persons ride horses’ (Accidents in equestrian sports.). Horseback riding is the only sport where man and animal have to work together as teammates, as well as being one of the only sports that man and women compete on equal terms. ‘Equestrian events have been on the Olympic programme since 1900, when jumping events were held during the Olympics in Paris. However, equestrian events were not held again until 1912 in Stockholm. Since that year, the sport has always been on the Olympic programme. The programme has been remarkably constant. In 1900, a high jump and long jump for horses was held for the only time, while in 1920, vaulting made a single appearance on the Olympic programme’ (INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE). In addition, the Pennsylvania horse industry alone ‘generates more than 20,000 jobs and provides local and state governments with more than $53 million in tax revenue annually.’, as stated in the article Our Equine Industry: Strength in Numberswritten by Eliza R.L. McGraw.
A study done by the University of Calgary concluded that ‘horseback riding [is] more dangerous than motorbikes, skiing, and football.’ The authors site previous studies which show the ‘hospital admission rate associated with equestrian activity is .49/1000 hours of riding. The rate when motorcycle riding is merely .14/1000 hours.’ In the case of horseback riding you are dealing with an animal that has a mind of its own. You never know when something that your horse has seen multiple times will appear to be frightening. Inexperienced riders also have an increased likelihood of injury if placed in a bad situation on horseback. ‘Although no national estimates exist for the number of fatal injuries associated with horseback riding, a review of state medical examiner records from 27 states for 1976-1987 identified 205 such deaths’ (Common injuries in horseback riding.).
The American Horse Council horse industry study revealed that ‘the industry contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact to the U.S. economy.’ The study also estimates there are 9.2 million horses in America. In addition to bringing money to the U.S. economy the horse industry provides a large amount of jobs. Recently an article was published in the All American Quarter Horse Journal that discussed the payback of the Incentive Fund program put in place by the American Quarter Horse Association. ‘The Incentive Fund program was created by AQHA in 1985 to reward members and encourage them to show their American Quarter Horses, and to provide extra value to the enrolled horses. . . . The show division is still going strong, with $3,305,489.51 paid out for the 2008 show season and $63,016,263.69 paid out in the fund’s 23-year history.’ Programs such as these highly contribute to the US economy due to the requirements of the program and the amount of money that has to be spent to earn the points in order to earn the money. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the largest single breed horse show in the country. This show lasts for three weeks and brings $110 million to the central Ohio economy (Ohio Quarter Horse Association - Home).
Horseback riding requires a substantial amount of teamwork between the horse and rider. You must know your ‘teammate’ very well in order for them to understand exactly what you want the moment you ask for it. This is important because during competitions the ride must look effortless and if you have to repeatedly ask a horse for something then the ride will not appear as smooth. You must also know your teammate to avoid mixed signals. To avoid these riders need to practice regularly. Regular practice also means that you will be able to ‘read your horse.’ Horses are unable to communicate with you like human teammates can. This means that you have to learn to read their body language. Mary Alice Good, a horse trainer of over 30 years, says that there are many different things that can signal that your horse is not going to perform to its full extent. “A rider must know their horse. Each horse is unique in its own way, although they do behave in similar ways.” Good said. “If you go to a show and your horse is whinnying in his stall then you know that the horse in unsettled and he will most likely require more preparation than he normally would before a ride.” Knowing this is something that is learned the more you are around your horse. If you and your horse do not have a good relationship then you may not be able to work together at full potential.
In conclusion, equestrian sports have a major effect on the U.S. economy in addition to having extreme risks for the rider. The sport also requires much from the rider intellectually. It can be concluded that it is demanding in ways that many that are not involved in the industry would not recognize.

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