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post #21 of 23 Old 08-02-2011, 09:44 PM
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These videos are great.

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!
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post #22 of 23 Old 08-02-2011, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by AngieLee View Post
haha the one time i was watching show jumping on TV and my dad watched a bit of it. he kept saying, how the horse is doing all the work. that the rider is just sitting there and not working,sure it takes timing, and stide counting,and balence but its not work.
ROFL. I'd like to see him make it all the way around the ring in half-seat at a walk...then we'd be hearing about "work"!

Originally Posted by AngieLee View Post
same with my mom, if she watches me work with my horse.if he starts sweating or if i ask him to do something, he refuses and says 'no' and we work through it and i get him doing it. suddenly i'm a bad mother and im pushing him to hard. and then she gives him a
Brace yourself. She's going to be *exactly* the same way when (if) you give her grandbabies. Best find a way to deal with that mentally now, or you'll go insane when she's ragging on you because you were too hard on your kid (even if what you were doing was exactly the same thing she did when you were little) and then she'll give the kid a mint, or a toy, or a pony. The monstrous unfairness of it all can be pretty daunting.
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post #23 of 23 Old 08-03-2011, 12:33 AM
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not gonna lie i could feel myself starting to cry watching the second video
AWESOME videos so true and great points for me to bring up to some ignorant people ;)
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