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        12-21-2013, 11:05 AM
      #21
    Showing
    I went to a large high school, graduating class of 500+. I was never bullied for my love of horses or riding. In fact I made plenty of friends that also rode or loved horses.

    It's mainly my brother that makes unfriendly comments about it.
         
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        12-21-2013, 10:47 PM
      #22
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    If it's not a "sport," let's see how many muscles of theirs hurt the next few days after "just trail riding"! Not to mention if they can even stay on.
    Got to disagree here. Of course any muscles are going to ache a bit if you start using them in unfamiliar ways, but that passes after a week or two. Beyond that, trail riding just isn't all that much exercise, except for a few specific muscle groups. As for being aerobic, the only way I manage to get my heart rate up in the target zone* is to get off and trot alongside the horse.

    For myself (and I think for many people) riding is not serious exercise. Instead, exercise is something I do to get in shape for riding (and other activities, of course).

    *I'm excluding the occasional moments of sheer terror, of course
         
        12-22-2013, 12:52 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    Got to disagree here. Of course any muscles are going to ache a bit if you start using them in unfamiliar ways, but that passes after a week or two. Beyond that, trail riding just isn't all that much exercise, except for a few specific muscle groups. As for being aerobic, the only way I manage to get my heart rate up in the target zone* is to get off and trot alongside the horse.

    For myself (and I think for many people) riding is not serious exercise. Instead, exercise is something I do to get in shape for riding (and other activities, of course).

    *I'm excluding the occasional moments of sheer terror, of course
    So you're saying that if an activity does not include exercising or getting the heart rate in a target zone, it is not a sport? What about golf, fishing, shooting or archery (not excluding hunting), or weightlifting? Are those not sports either?
    Even playing chess is considered a sport.

    The definition of sport is:
    "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment."

    "synonyms:(competitive) game(s),*physical recreation,*physical activity,*physical exercise"

    Quoted from Google search

    " 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, especially in the out of doors.

    3. Diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime."

    Quote from Dictionary.com

    I'm sure I could find more. Not all sports are aerobic.
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        12-22-2013, 11:12 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    I've never been disliked for being a horse rider. Actually, most people think it's neat and ask me questions about it.

    My close friends and co-workers might make jokes about eating horses, but I usually make equally horrible jokes about turning their dogs into fur coats. It's all in fun, and we are a disturbing group of people.

    But yeah... no one has expressed dislike for me riding horses...

    And when anyone tries to challenge me that horse riding isn't a sport, I usually invite them on a trail ride (my pace) which they always turn down and tell them to look at the Olympic Equestrian events.
         
        12-22-2013, 11:18 AM
      #25
    Started
    Something my sister said a long time ago really tickled me. "When one of these horses looks at me and says they don't like my boots, then I will think about changing them. Until then, why should I care a bit what you think of them?"

    Unless your horses are bullying you, to heck with the rest of them. You need to be comfortable with YOU. Nothing these negative jerks say matters.
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        12-22-2013, 01:30 PM
      #26
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
    Something my sister said a long time ago really tickled me. "When one of these horses looks at me and says they don't like my boots, then I will think about changing them. Until then, why should I care a bit what you think of them?"

    Unless your horses are bullying you, to heck with the rest of them. You need to be comfortable with YOU. Nothing these negative jerks say matters.
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    Haha my horse didn't "say" he disliked my glasses.. instead he'd try and knock them off of my face, and would leave me be without them on.

    I honestly didn't care for them much, either lol
         
        12-22-2013, 01:50 PM
      #27
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    So you're saying that if an activity does not include exercising or getting the heart rate in a target zone, it is not a sport? What about golf, fishing, shooting or archery (not excluding hunting), or weightlifting? Are those not sports either?
    No, that's not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying that this may be at the root of a lot of the 'not-a-sport' comments. And yes, the horse does do most of the work
         
        12-22-2013, 02:06 PM
      #28
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    OP...just don't talk about your horse activities around "those" people. I agree with someone else here who said as you get older you will care less about what others (who don't matter) think.
         
        12-22-2013, 02:09 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    I havn't got anything really yet, but never the less I love this video. Especially the music :)


    Also if anyone says that anyone could do it well just say that pretty much everyone can run or kick/catch a ball either...
    Doesn't mean they're good at it but anyone can do it :)
         
        12-22-2013, 02:25 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    A lot of people don't understand what a sport is.

    A sport used to be any competitive physical activity. So technically, someone who doesn't show is not participating in a sport and the ones who are showing are participating in a sport. However, now it's really any activity that's scored in which you compete. Chess is a sport.

    Most people flat out don't understand riding because they once upon a time sat on a handwalked pony at the fair or went on a walk only head to tail trail ride and literally did just sit there.

    Who cares if they think it's a sport or not? The bigger issue to address is why someone thinks it's okay to talk down about your activity, especially when they have no real knowledge of it.
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