What an astounding lot of rubbish, equestrian sports being "easy". Granted, any idiot can park in a western saddle on a bombproof trail horse and follow someone else along for a couple of hours. Maybe that is what these people were thinking of when they said "easy."
What I know is that I'm a terrific athlete, have been so all my life. I was a competitive swimmer, basketballer, and softballer when I was younger, I picked up figure skating like a breeze, it took me 20 minutes to learn to cross-country ski, yoga was a snap, and when I learned Alpine skiing at age 43, I was riding the black diamonds before the end of my first season. And since I ski in New England, that was mainly skiing on *ice*.
Speaking back from middle age and looking over this vast history of athletic prowess, I have to say that Hunt Seat is hands-down the MOST DIFFICULT sport I have EVER taken up. The demands on coordination, strength, balance, and the ability to react in the split-second to changing conditions - not to mention dealing with whatever mood the horse is in today - make skiing on a field of icy moguls look like a JOKE.
And I'm not even doing any of the really complicated stuff yet...just trotting! Not even cantering, let alone stuff like dressage or jumping!