The "Horseback Riding is not a sport" controversy!

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    10-30-2011, 10:51 PM
The "Horseback Riding is not a sport" controversy!

Considering we're all horse people, I HOPE you all think horseback riding is a sport. Anyway, The other day while I was at school the topics of sports came up. One of my classmates said "Riding Horses isn't even considered a sport!" and I started to say that " YOU try riding a 1000+ lb moving animal and that if something happens to go wrong, it COULD kill you. Think about it" After that..she shut up and didn't say anything for the rest of class.

What are your guy's approach when people say something like that in front of you?
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    10-30-2011, 10:57 PM
*Shrugs* If people don't think it's a sport, that's their problem. I know it's a sport, and I'm not going to stress over what non-horsey people think about it.
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    10-30-2011, 11:02 PM
Green Broke
If someone says it isn't a sport, I just call it an art form. It's a bit of both!
    10-30-2011, 11:52 PM
I hate how people say its not a sport. But I gotta use your quote, "YOU try riding a 1000+ lb moving animal and that if something happens to go wrong, it COULD kill you." I do another thing that you can actually call a sport, cross country skiing racing and trap shooting.

    10-31-2011, 12:02 AM
I don't care. People can think what they want.
    10-31-2011, 12:04 AM
Green Broke
Simply riding a horse isnt a sport, There are sports that involve riding a horse. Just like there are sports that involve riding a bike and some people just ride a bike to get somewhere. Your logic isnt very good either. Just because something is heavy and could kill you doesnt make it a sport. SO in your opinion if I stand under a car dangling by a small rope that makes it a sport ? I think you should look up the definition of sport and then frame your response in a manner that shows your activity actually fits the definition.
    10-31-2011, 12:30 AM
Joe, you wouldn't actually stand under a car that is dangling by a thin rope, would you?

(just kidding). But if you did, I'd like to see that.

However, your logic rings true to me.
    10-31-2011, 01:44 AM
I'm still waiting for the newspapers to have a "equestrian section" on the Sports Page! Even here in Oklahoma City where most of the world shows are held, with millions of $$ are spent in the Oklahoma economy, horses are lucky to get a few lines...??
    10-31-2011, 01:52 AM
If it's in the Olympics it's a sport :P
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    10-31-2011, 01:52 AM
Oh Lowered, I thought that Neanderthal argument had gone out the window when I was still in high school....Don't ask how long ago that was, just know you weren't born then. Heck, your mother might not have been born then.

Back then I always just offered to have them come for a trail ride on a Saturday morning and would put them on a sweet, safe horse and we'd leave about 9 am and get back in just before dark. Then they had to help clean up the horse and put him away. Once they saw I wasn't in rough shape and had to go to a show the next day, they generally changed their minds.

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